Helicopter UH-1D 65-09721


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09721
The Army purchased this helicopter 0366
Total flight hours at this point: 00002647
Date: 11/01/1969
Incident number: 69110122.KIA
Unit: 116 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT109695
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P 1LT BROWN STANLEY ALTON KIA
AC WO1 DANIELSON CHARLES F JR KIA
CE SP5 HARRISON JIMMY KEN KIA
G SP5 ENLOW PHILIP JAMES KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
1LT COLEMAN OLIVER JR, AR, PX, KIA


War Story:
I was working the Operations Bunker that day. Stan Brown (P) and Chuck Danielson (A/C) took a mission up near Tay Ninh and I believe it was a last minute thing that popped up and they volunteered for it. It was a single ship mission - not part of a flight insertion. They were expected back before dark but communications were not the best - we were in Cu Chi and they were north of Nui Ba Din near Tay Ninh. When they were seriously overdue, we sent a chopper to altitude to see if they could be raised. No answer. It was days later that a search party found the wreckage and we were told that they had been shot down at altitude. I do remember there being some discussion of it perhaps being a case of South Vietnamese artillery - I think everyone knows how bad they were about "forgetting" to broadcast their barrages before beginning. But, in actuality, I cannot remember if a definitive cause was ever attributed to their deaths.

That is pretty much the extent of my recollection. He and I roomed together from April '69 to his death in November and during that time we flew together often. He was an excellent pilot and officer and just a good man to be around. The memory of his demise has haunted me for 40 years and I have always felt somewhat guilty to have not searched out his family sooner - but I had my own demons to fight. His unborn daughter would have been born around June '70 and now around 41 years old. I don't want to stir up bad memories but on the chance that she may want to hear some personal info on her Dad, I thought I should try.

Any help to that end would be appreciated. From: Tony Lopez, Hornet 43

This record was last updated on 10/01/2015


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