CWO Ben K Humphreys died after flight school but did not serve as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam on 11/16/1961 from A/C accident
Flight Class 57-12
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Dan Taylor

More detail on this person: Lost longitudional control on the CH-21 he was flying, went end over end and crashed in a rice paddy in Korea.Before I went thru flight school I was a CH-21 Cargo Helicopter crew chief and I flew from time to time with Ben while stationed at Ft. Devens with 93rd Trans and then when I was stationed in Korea in the 13th Trans. Co. with CH-21. I found out that Ben Humphreys was returning to his unit the 6th Trans Co at K6 and lost longitudional control and the Ch21 he was piloting went end over end and crashed in a rice paddy. Later on Ben was memorialized by have what we know today as Camp Humphreys in Korea name after him. It is now a logistics base. Although he did not serve as a Helicopter Pilot in RVN, he lost his life while serving as a helicopter pilot on active duty.

From: Dan Taylor, CW4 Retired, 335 Trans. BN, Chu Lai, continuing to serve our troops as a contractor at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Benjamin Kent Humphreys Army Aircraft Post-War Deaths in Korea Casualty Table: Date Casualties Details November 13, 1961 CW2 Benjamin K. Humphreys Capt. Lawrence V. O'Flahavan SP5 Oscar Ramirez CW2 William L. Lingle Jr. SP5 Coleman L. Neal SP4 Jack L. White SP5 Lesley V. Withers The aircraft crashed near Osan Air Force Base while on a routine military passenger flight. Four passengers were with the 65th Ordnance Company. About the Casualties Humphreys, CW2 Benjamin Kent - Born December 20, 1923, Benjamin died in Korea on November 13, 1961. He is buried in Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton City, VA.

Burial information: Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, VA

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