Helicopter UH-1H 68-16313


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16313
The Army purchased this helicopter 1069
Total flight hours at this point: 00002022
Date: 06/01/1971
Incident number: 71060141.KIA
Unit: 128 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT547199
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:
AC CW2 MICHEHL THOMAS CHARLES KIA
P WO1 GLAWSON GEORGE HOWARD JR KIA
CE SP4 MEDUNA DENNIS LEE KIA
G SP4 WAYT SCOTT WILLIAM KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
CPT WERMAN EDWARD ALEC, AR, PX, KIA
SGT ISAACS DEAN ROBERT, AR, PX, KIA
PFC STRONG ANDREW CARNEGI III, AR, PX, KIA


War Story:
When I arrived in my unit in early May of 1971, I was a peter pilot and was flying with a couple different ACs. After about a week I was paired up with WO Tom Michehl. Everyone that knew Tom will attest to the fact that he was a very good pilot and demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism in his approach to his job. He was, however, a difficult man for a peter pilot to fly with. He wanted those that flew with him to be as near perfect as possible and would make the day uncomfortable if you would screwed up during your time with him. He had rubbed most of the peter pilots the wrong way and nobody wanted to fly with him because of it. Since I was the new guy in the company, I got stuck being his peter pilot.....day after day......for a couple weeks. On the evening of May 31st, I checked the mission board as always and noted that I was to fly with my platoon leader, Cpt Bill Howell, the following day. I felt like a heavy burden had been lifted off my shoulders. I could again have a fun day doing what I loved doing (flying helicopters) instead of taking a day long endurance test with Tom Michehl. I learned a lot from Tom and enjoyed his company after work, but I didn't like flying with him.....I might as well be honest about that. Well anyway, the next day the aircraft would have WO Glawson as the peter pilot along with Tom Michehl. From what I have suspected and have come to learn as fact is that WO Glawson was some aviator that wasn't even in our company, but worked at some ground job. He needed some flight time to maintain his flight status, so was assigned to fly with our company that day. I learned that their aircraft exploded in mid air that day. Nobody knows for certain why. Those of us that were in the unit had our own theories. I believe it got hit by an artilery round, but I don't know for sure. The reason it exploded doesn't matter now. I have always felt that I was the one that should have been in that right seat that day. I was lucky....that's all. Life or death in Vietnam often came down to luck. I know this, but it doesn't change my feeling deep inside that my name should be on the wall in Washington instead of WO Glawson's. I don't wish to have changed places with him......I'm very glad that I lived even at the expense of his life. I don't find that idea a noble one.....but an honest one. I didn't want to die in Vietnam.......I flew my aircraft in the most responsible way I knew how so that everybody that flew with me would also go home. I hope they did. From: Fred Counter (Tomahawk 27)

This record was last updated on 09/08/3005


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