Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46D tail number 152566
Date: 08/19/1968 MIA-POW file reference number: 1254
Incident number: 68081999.KIA
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Troop Extraction
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was Landing at 0020 feet and 020 knots.
UTM grid coordinates: YD122772
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (ARTY)
The helicopter was hit in the Bottom causing a Fire.
Systems damaged were: MULTIPLE
Casualties = 02 INJ, 03 MIA . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: 1254, NSC, HMM-262 Website (Naval Safety Center. )
Summary: Received a direct hit from a heavy artillery round while attempting to land and rescue MAJ Harvey Britt's downed crew. Aircraft burned.
Loss to Inventory
CE CPL HOFFMAN TERRY ALAN RR
G CPL HUTCHISON JOHN WILLIAM KIA
G CPL MILES PATRICK CHARLES KIA
AC CPT DARGER ROCKY RES
CP 1LT BRADLEY KEN RES
The HMM-262 website states that the crew of 152566 consisted of Capt Rocky Darger, Aircraft Commander; 1Lt Ken Bradley, CoPilot; CPL Terry Hoffman, Crewchief; CPL John Hutchison, Gunner; and CPL Patrick Miles, Gunner. They were the number two aircraft in a flight of 23 aircraft assigned the mission of extracting a battalion which had been inserted in a combat assault north of Gio Lin the day before. The battalion had come under heavy artillery fire from guns in North Vietnam. The decision was made to extract the unit. Capt. Darger was initially assigned as Flight Leader, but relinquished command of the flight to Major Harvey Britt who had participated in the insert, which Darger had not. The plan was to approach the LZ at approximately 100 feet to provide some cover from the artillery fire by using the low hills which parallel the river in the DMZ. As the lead aircraft approached the landing zone it was shot down; all crew members survived. Darger assumed command and dispatched the remainder of the flight to Dong Ha while proceeding to attempted to rescue the downed crew. Approaching again at a low altitude 152566 received a direct hit from a heavy artillery round and crashed. The two pilots were ejected from the aircraft and survived, while the crew in the cabin were killed. The aircraft was consumed by fire. The pilots were rescued by a Marine Recon Team. 1Lt Ken Bradley was seriously injured and had to be medevaced to the States. Capt. Darger received multiple injuries, but was returned to a flight status in three weeks. Two of the bodies of the crewmen were recovered at the time, but the remains of Cpl. Hoffman could not be found, and he was presumed to have been consumed by the flames. The above account was compiled from information provided by Capt Darger. From - Sun Jul 25 1999 I was the Commanding Officer of HMM-262 at Quang Tri in Vietnam beginning in September 1968. I arrived just before the incident in which Terry Hoffman lost his life, but did not assume command until a month later. I am currently the historian of the HMM-262 Vietnam association. The entries below appear in our home page at http://www.hmm-262vietnam.org/ His brother Gary L. Hoffman, Florida, is a member of our association, and we correspond regurlarly. Albert N. Allen LtCol USMC (Ret) TERRY ALLAN HOFFMAN - CPL PANEL 48W ROW 056 - 19-Aug-68 Corporal Terry Allen Hoffman 2316108/6320 USMC was from Danville, Indiana. He was born on February 3, 1945. He arrived in Vietnam June, 1968. He was 23 years old at the time of his death. He died on August 19, 1968 in Quang Tri Province. He was a crewmember of CH-46 buno 152566 which crashed on land due to hostile causes. His body was not recovered until 1994. He was officially listed as an Missing In Action for 26 years (HMM-262's only MIA). He was finally interred by his family in 1994. He was not married. His race is officially listed as Caucasian. His religion was Protestant. He had one years' service at the time of his death. The following is a letter from Terry's Commanding officer to the historian of the HMM-262 Vietnam Association: "I have been reading your messages with great interest and sometimes sorrow. In the case of Terry Hoffman, he joined the squadron in March 1968. His body was not recovered from the burning wreckage even though a rescue team searched the area. He was presumed consumed in the fire. The other two crewman's remains were recovered. Both pilots were thrown clear of the wreckage and survived. Rocky Darger was the pilot. It was sometime in 1991 or early 1992 that human remains and parts of a flight suit, boots, and a dog tag of Terry Hoffman were turned in to the Vietnamese government by local farmers. Until then they were afraid to but they were doing this for humanitarian reasons. Forensic examination proved the remains were of Terry Hoffman. On July 4, 1994, my wife Doris and I attended a memorial service for Terry Hoffman in Danville, Indiana. He was buried with full military honors and the whole town paid tribute to him. The Marine Corps Reserve provided the honor guard, the Army provided a horse drawn caisson to carry the remains to the family cemetery, and the Air Force National Guard provided 4 F-16s in a missing man formation fly by. It was sad but it was a privilege to be there..."
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