Attack on Kontum information
for 57 AHC
615 TC DET
52 CAB

For date 680110


57 AHC was a US Army unit
615 TC DET was a US Army unit
52 CAB was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Operation MACARTHUR
Incident reference: 68011061.BAT This information is available on CD-ROM.
Kontum Province, II Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Kontum
57 AHC losses were 6 KIA, 17 WIA
Aircraft lost in 57 AHC were 2 UH-1H, 2 UH-1C
Description: The 52d CAB unit history states that the 57th AHC and Kontum Airfield came under heavy enemy attack at approximately 0200H. The NVA used mortars, B-40 rockets, satchel charges and heavy small arms fires. The contact lasted approximately 7 - 8 minutes, resulting in: six US KIA, 20 WIA, two UH-1Hs destroyed, two UH-1Cs destroyed, two UH-1Hs major damage, seven UH-1H and two UH-1C moderate damage. Member of the 57th AHC close with and killed one NVA. Additionally, B Troop 2/1st Cav had five KIAs. Four enclosures to the history provide even more details. The first lists the names, ranks, SNs, units, and MOS for the 23 KIAs and WIAs from the 57th AHC and 615th TC Det (which was attached to the 57th). The other three list all the equipment destroyed. Editor's Note: This sudden and sizeable lost of mostly maintenance skills and aircraft had a ripple effect for other units not only within the 52d CAB but also the 17th CAG. For the next few days, units would be asked to transfer and lend maintenance EM, an extremely valuable resource, to the 57th.
Comments: SP4 ARMOR LOYDE DEAN; 615th TC DET KIA; ; SP4 CARPENTER THOMAS JR; 615th TC DET KIA; ; PVT DEVINE RICHARD DANIEL JR; 615th TC DET KIA; ; PFC GOMEZ ANDRES ARMANDO R; 57th AHC KIA; ; SP4 MUNCY ROBERT WILLIAM; 615th TC DET KIA; ; SP4 PFEISTER ROBERT; 57th AHC KIA; ;

WO1 Young, David P.; 615th TC DET WIA; ; SSG George, Billy J.; 615th TC DET WIA; ; SP5 Nichols, Leon; 615th TC DET WIA; ; SP4 Cichanowski, Michael; 615th TC DET WIA; ; SP4 Joseph, Jerry W.; 615th TC DET WIA; ; SP4 Walter, Lonny G.; 615th TC DET WIA; ; SP4 Sanford, Wilbert; 615th TC DET WIA; ; SP4 Ward, Dean B.; 615th TC DET WIA; ; SP4 Osher, Ollie B.; 615th TC DET WIA; ; SP4 Turner, Lester D.; 615th TC DET WIA; ; SSG Ray, James E.; 57th AHC WIA; ; SP4 Buenafe, Ernest; 57th AHC WIA; ; PFC Pfeister, William; 57th AHC WIA; ; SP4 Garner, Terry W.; 57th AHC WIA; ; SP4 Kietzke, Karl E.; 57th AHC WIA; ; PFC King, Anthony L.; 57th AHC WIA; ; PFC Williams, Floyd L.; 57th AHC WIA; ; WO1 Weng, Russel L. Jr.; QMC Supply Officer; ; CPT Davis, Paul R.; ; ;

Also SP/4 Wolinski, Thomas P., 57th AHC, provided documentation to prove that he was also wounded that day.

The source for this information was 52 CAB Detailed Chronology 1 Nov - 31 Jan 68


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