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is honored on Panel 35W, Line 26 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 7/3/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Captain Waymon Clay Elrod, Served with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion , 8th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division.
  • Remembered

    Posted on 5/26/16
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
  • Final Mission of CAPT Waymon C. Elrod

    Posted on 5/18/15 - by
    On May 9, 1968, a U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A (tail number 67-16062) from Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division crashed in the Song Vam Co Dong River with the loss of two personnel, observer 1LT Stanley D. White and passenger CAPT Waymon C. Elrod. There are two accounts for this incident: First account - This aircraft departed LZ Tracy and flew two or three kilometers to a U.S. Navy ship in the Song Vam Co Dong River. On board were the pilot and two officers from the supported infantry unit. Their mission was to pick up a Viet Cong “chieu hoi” (defector) and return him to LZ Tracy. The chieu hoi was blindfolded and his hands tied. He was strapped in the right rear seat. The pilot took off from the naval craft to the north and intentionally descended towards the water to gain flying speed. Approximately 200 to 300 meters from the ship, with about 60 knots forward speed, he allowed the right skid to contact the water. The helicopter immediately plunged into the water, breaking the windshield, and sank immediately. The passenger in the left rear seat freed himself from the aircraft, but apparently could not swim. He disappeared, and was subsequently found drowned. The chieu hoi in the right rear seat, his hands still bound, somehow managed to free himself from the aircraft and swim to shore, uninjured. The passenger in the left front seat was probably rendered unconscious in the crash. He was not seen after the crash until the following day when his body was found downstream. He had drowned. The pilot freed himself from the wreckage and swam to shore. He was unable to assist the other passengers due to his heavy clothing and his chest protector. Second account - A Navy river boat working in the area had captured a VC soldier. One of the unit's scout teams working in the same area had been asked to transport the prisoner and two escorts to Headquarters, but they advised the boat that they did not have the payload available to carry the extra people. A pilot relatively new to the unit had recently been transitioned into the OH-6 and was flying "ash & trash" missions while he built up time in the helicopter before getting checked out in flying scouts. He was assigned to transport the prisoner, accompanied by CAPT Elrod and 1LT White, from the river boat. After departing the boat, the helicopter followed the river toward its destination. During this trip, the skid of the helicopter contacted the water and the aircraft crashed into the river. The pilot and Elrod escaped the helicopter and began swimming toward the bank. Elrod was having trouble staying afloat because he was wearing his battle gear, so the pilot began dragging him toward the shore. Soon the pilot began to tire and was also having trouble swimming. Figuring that Elrod was so close to the shore that he could make it the rest of the way, the pilot hauled himself onto the river bank. He saw the prisoner laying on the bank a little way down the shore line, with his hands and feet still tied. He figured later that the prisoner was probably not strapped in and was thrown onto or near the shore. He turned to see if Elrod was on the shore, but he was not in sight. The river boat rescued the pilot and the prisoner, and the bodies of Elrod and White were found later. (Information supplied by Pete Anderson and Harry Oberg) [Taken from and]
  • Thank You

    Posted on 1/3/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Capt. Elrod for your leadership and courage.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/11/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain Waymon Clay Elrod, 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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