Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16675
The Army purchased this helicopter 0767
Total flight hours at this point: 00000165
Incident number: 68020777.KIA
Unit: 134 AHC
UTM grid coordinates: BQ092607
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA, DOD, LARRY WIGGER, SILENT BIRDMEN, RUCKER LIST, WALL (Operations Report. )
Summary: Landed in unsecure LZ. Gunned down while walking toward Ceo Rio village with 3 Vietnamese including local commander W/ Roy E. Worth.
Loss to Inventory
P WO1 REALI GUIDO SILVESTRO JR KIA
P WO1 WORTH ROY EDWARD KIA
CE SP4 LOVELAND RONALD RAY KIA
G SGT HOSKINS HAROLD ORION KIA
Passengers and/or other participants:
LTC WHAN VORIN EDWIN JR, AR, PX, KIA
1LT REMMEL HARMON L III, AR, PX, KIA
This is from the 134th AHC History Page. On 7 February 1968, the 134th suffered it's first combat casualties. An entire crew and aircraft were lost while on a MACV support mission at Phu Bon near Cheo Reo. The aircraft flew MACV senior advisors and local commanders to a village that was to have been secured earlier in the morning by nearby PF (Popular Forces) ground troops. On arrival over the village there was no radio contact with the ground unit supposedly at the site but smoke was popped by someone on the ground and the crew landed. However, the PF troops had not yet arrived and the village was occupied by VC who had taken it over the previous night. After landing and shutting down the aircraft, the crew and six others were ambushed and killed. The aircraft was set on fire and destroyed. Members of the crew were CW2 Roy E. Worth, CW2 Guido S. Reali, SGT Ronald R. Loveland and SGT Harold O. Hoskins. This was a very traumatic experience for everyone in the unit since the 134th was a close knit group and everyone knew the lost crewmembers well. The war hit home to all in a very personal way. After this, aircraft from the 134th were not allowed to land in remote locations without establishing radio contact with ground personnel or positive identification. In a bizarre twist, less than an hour before the ambush of the crew, WO Trainee Hall and WO Mike Harding had been searching for a MACV advisor with the PF troops and had landed at the same village after smoke was popped on the ground. However, they did not shut down or get out of the aircraft. They saw what appeared to be local troops, waved to them (their waves were returned) and realizing their intended passenger was not there, they took off again. One of our crews form the 92nd AHC, picked up the bodies and flew them back to Cheo Reo. Jim Koch has a photo of 675 burning on the ground.
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