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is honored on Panel 26W, Line 62 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 5/2/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear Sp5 Alan Denhoff,
    Thank you for your service as a Huey, U-1 Helicopter Repairer. Your 49th anniversary just passed, so sad. Monday was the 43rd anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Helicopter Recovery

    Posted on 9/3/16 - by Mike Miller
    Visited with Alan and his comrades at "The Moving Wall" in Germantown WI yesterday. I served aboard the minesweeper USS Conflict MSO 426 as Engineering Officer. We were called upon to locate two downed helicopters in our patrol area and assist in the recovery operation. Although the operation was successful it was a sobering experience for the entire crew. I do have pictures of the recovery operations from our WESTPAC 1969 tour of duty if anyone has an interest.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/4/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP5 Alan Brian Denhoff, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Accident Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16008

    Posted on 1/29/13 - by

    Crew members included MAJ George F. Kraus (Rescued), SP5 James D. Crow (KIA), SP6 Larry D. Lowery (KIA), SP5 Alan B. Denhoff (KIA), and SP5 William J. McFarland (KIA). Accident Summary: at approximately 2230 hours on 2 April 1969, CW2 Bradley jones was test flying an UH-1H. He had an engine failure and autorotated into the Nha Trang bay. Nha Trang tower notified the 201st aviation company operations that the forced landing had taken place. Major George F. Kraus, who was working in operations, took his flight gear and went to the maintenance area. He asked which chopper was ready and was informed that UH-1H 66-16008 was ready to go. He got into 008 without conducting a preflight or checking the log book. The log book did not accompany the flight and contained two red X's. He started the engine, made a control check, zeroed his altimeter and took off. He departed runway 12 with his search light on and extended and his landing light on and retracted. He climbed to 300 feet of altitude and was too high to see the water so he started a descent to 200 feet, his desired altitude. The enlisted man sitting in the left seat could not tell how close the aircraft was to the water because of a haze. He functioned only as an observer. The pilot's last visual check of the instruments showed an altitude of 200 feet and 70 knots airspeed. The pilot thought that he had leveled off and was maintaining straight and level flight. He then started a radio discussion with the tower and was diverting part of his attention toward his radio. The crew of an LCPL 48 patrolling the Nha Trang Bay area under blackout conditions witnessed the helicopter takeoff and start flying toward them. The helicopter continued its heading and started to descend. This descent was maintained until the helicopter struck the water. After striking the water the tail came up over the cockpit and the fuel exploded and started burning on the water’s surface. The LCPL boat went immediately to the scene and rescued the two survivors. In addition they picked up four flight helmets and small pieces of wreckage, a tail rotor blade and the tip from a main rotor. A search was made for the other four passengers but none were found. The wreckage settled in 60 to 65 feet of water. A navy mine sweeper ship was utilized to pinpoint the wreckage and navy EOD personnel dived to assist in the wreckage recovery. [Taken from]

  • To my dear Uncle

    Posted on 2/16/12 - by Alexa Denhoff
    Uncle Alan,
    I have never known you, and you have never met me. I was born way after you had passed. Its so unfortunate because I get so many comments about how I look so much like you. I just noticed something the other day; you had passed April 27th, 1969. I was born April 28th, 1996. I think that is pretty special. Uncle cal has now joined you up there so you will forever have more fun. I love you very much along with grandpa bill and grandma rose and uncle cal. Peace my friend.
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