unit history information
for 119 AHC
189 AHC
7/17 CAV

For date 700524

119 AHC was a US Army unit
189 AHC was a US Army unit
47 ARVN REGT was a Vietnamese Army unit
7/17 CAV was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Incident reference: 70052419.BAT This information is available on CD-ROM.
Location, LZ YELLOW
Description: The 119th unit history states that today the Gators, along with the 189th Ghostriders and four Chinooks supported the 47th ARVN Regt. As they extracted 2,000 ARVNs from LZ Yellow and inserted them 7KMs north into an LZ. The LZ was prepared by 7/17th Cav gunships and covered by the same. The LZ was cold and the Ghostriders were the first in. The Gators followed right behind the Ghostriders when Higher Highers made their mistake. ARVN 105 rounds started coming in and one round landed just behind Gator 834. WO Peyton started coming in and stated he lost cyclic control, pedals, and hydraulics as the ship somersaulted and the troops on board were thrown out. WO Peyton, WO Crawford, SP4 Conwall and SP4 Spehar all received minor injuries. The aircraft was a total loss and was shortly there after blown up. The ARVN field commander for the artillery unit that shot down Gator 834 awarded WO Peyton with the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. No further action has been taken on this incident.
Comments: WO Peyton; 119 AHC AC; ; WO Crawford; 119 AHC pilot; ; SP4 Cornwall; 119 AHC crew member; ; SP4 Spehar; 119 AHC crew membeer; ;

The source for this information was 119th Sup Hist by CW2 Oliver & W01 Wiggin (covered 1970)

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