Name: CPT Harry Quincy Rose
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/21/1969 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 25.6
Date of Birth: 07/21/1943
Home City: Lorton, VA
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 116 AHC, 269 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-508/68-12
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 32W-073
Short Summary: Crashed near Go De Hau bridge because of pitch change link failed and m/r came through cockpit and severed tailboom at 1000 ft. w/Polak
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00661
Call sign: Stinger 96
Service number: O2328149
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 08/10/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 04
Location: Hau Nghia Province III Corps.
Additional information about this casualty:
CPT Rose died when his UH-1C gunship crashed near Go De Hau Bridge the day that he returned from R&R (Hawaii). On this return to Cu Chi I was providing Smoke ship support for the 187th Crusaders who were conducting CA's near the Parrots Beak and had been in contact most of the day. The Crusader smoke ship had been shot up pretty good earlier in the day and I volunteered to go up North and cover their extraction. Jack had put a heavy fire team together and brought 10 slicks along and joined the 187th for the extraction. I covered the Hornets and stayed behind to cover the Crusaders on their final extraction. I had taken quite a few hits that day and was just getting ready to call Jack and have him give me an orbit at the bridge so I could catch up in case I had to put the A.C down when I heard over VHG that his A/C had crashed. It appeared that the Red? Pitch change link had failed and the M/R came through the cockpit and severed the tailboom at about 1000 AGL. That information would also be valid for WO1 Pete Polak, Jack's Pilot. Following Jack's death, CPT Randall Ford assumed the duties of Stinger 96 (Gunship Platoon Leader). After the completion of his tour, CPT Ford (Gabby) returned to USAAVNS, Dept. of Tactics. Attack Branch, CPT Ford acted as Flight Commander until requesting and receiving orders to return to RVN, approx., 1 year after his return to CONUS. While on leave somewhere in Texas, CPT Ford was killed by a hit and run driver while standing near a crosswalk waiting to cross the street. I was notivied by CPT Fords father by telephone. from Patrick J. Ronan, 13 October 1992
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Baptist - other groups
Burial information: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, VA
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 07/28/1994
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