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  • Remembered

    Posted on 9/28/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 7/29/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Specialist Four Mahlon Ronnie Arnett, Served with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Aviation Group, 101st Airborne Division.
  • Looking for Mahlon's family

    Posted on 6/25/16 - by Diana Bass
    Trying to locate the family of Mahlon "Buddy" Arnett. I owned a company that cleaned out foreclosed homes and I found a metal and personal items that belonged to him. If you know Douglas "Dougie" Arnett or Dianne Sexton please contact me. I do not want these items to go in the garbage. Please email me.
  • Final Mission of SP4 Mahlon R. Arnett

    Posted on 2/19/16 - by
    On January 31, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-15563) from C Company, 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion, was shot down while participating in a assignment to create some improved landing zones the first and second ridgelines outside of Camp Evans. Three crewmen and one passenger were killed in the attack. The lost crewmen included aircraft commander WO1 Philippe L. Las Hermes, pilot CAPT Donald L. Swanson, and gunner SP4 Mahlon R. Arnett. The passenger was PFC Paul H. Cardenas Jr. There are three accounts for this incident. First account – (68-15563) was the flight lead of a Phoenix flight to pick up a team of combat engineers who had cut a landing zone in the jungle that morning. General John Wright, the CG of the 101st decided to have a landing zone per grid square. The mission would require that when you got to the assigned position, you hovered the aircraft in position while the engineers would repel out of the aircraft with their equipment and then cut the landing zone. A RPG had hit this aircraft in the LZ and pilots Swanson and Las Hermes lifted the aircraft out of the landing zone. It flew for a hundred yards, fluttered, and then fell toward the jungle covered mountain foothills. Warrant Officer Jack Glennon couldn't believe that anyone could survive the crash. Crew chief Mike Amos jumped from his seat in the tumbling Huey. Remarkably Amos survived the fall and was picked up by a medevac Huey the next day. La Hermes died on the hospital ship or in Japan on February 14, 1970. Specialist Mahlon R. Arnett was listed as Missing In Action. It was ironic that "Frenchy" Las Hermes received his draft notice from the French Army that fall. He boasted in the club, "What are they going to do to me if I don't show up, Send me to Viet Nam". Also Philippe’s father had served at Dien Bien Phu with the French Foreign Legion. (Taken from Second account - We were hauling equipment (chain saws) in and out of the area on long ropes, maybe 200 feet or so. We spent the whole morning hovering around doing this. The there was a very small contingency of tree-cutters on the ground. We broke for lunch and went back to Evans. I wanted to go to the PX, so I ask Philippe to fly for me. Philippe wanted to build time so that he could become a Concorde pilot and agreed to finish the afternoon with Don. An RPG hit under/near the aircraft, but apparently not a direct hit. They took off trying to fly out. I don't know if the aircraft was on fire when they took off, but at treetop level (I was told) the flames were pouring out of the aircraft and inside the open doors. Ultimately they crashed killing Don, Las Hermes died on the hospital ship from complications of severe burns. Amos jumped out at treetop level and survived (he used this strategy twice). I am not sure what happened to Arnett since I have heard more than one version and don't know which version is correct. (Narrative by Robert Scarbrough) Third account - I was on the lift, chalk four or five. We had rappelled pathfinders in the LZ earlier in the day and were coming back in the afternoon with troops to make the switch. Swanee was lead and took an RPG in the right side while at a hover. (You couldn't land because it was on the side of a hill and lots of stumps.) He pulled pitch and ended up settling into the trees a few hundred meters away. The next two chalks went to secure the crash sight and I picked up the gunner, Arnett, who was blown out of the aircraft, and one of the troops from the LZ. I flew them directly to the hospital ship. Arnett died within 24 hrs. (Narrative by Bob Sauer) [Taken from and]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/16/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Mahlon Ronnie Arnett, 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
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