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is honored on Panel 14E, Line 73 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00517

    Posted on 10/17/12 - by

    Crew members included CAPT Willaim E. Hingston Jr. (KIA), SP4 Robert H. Smith (KIA), PFC Jimmie A. Herrera (KIA), and 1LT David C. Borgeson (rescued). Personal Account: We were on a fire mission for an infantry unit north of LZ Hammond. I don't remember the infantry unit. They were in the mountains in contact with the NVA. We were orbiting on one side of a mountain ridge and the infantry was on the other side. Communications was not good. We could not go higher because the clouds were sitting on top of the mountains. We flew over a dip in the mountain ridge to get on the other side. We started flying into a canyon and I said to Capt. Hingston that we should not fly into the canyon. He took control of the aircraft and we continued into the canyon. The last thing I remember was that we were in a right hand turn and the mountain ridge was on our left side. We were at tree top level. I remember coming down through the trees and we flared. I was knocked unconscious. When I awoke my first instinct was to get out of the ship. When I tried to move, I couldn't move my left leg. I thought maybe that I had broken my hip. I crawled out and I don't remember to much more. The infantry got to our position and I was evacuated to a hospital in Quinon. An officer from the infantry unit came to see some of his men in the hospital. He said that our helicopter flew over their position and then they heard an AK 47 open fire. We immediately went into the trees. They started moving towards our position. In the late afternoon, they were able to get a medivac for me, but everyone else had been killed in the impact. They called in a Chinook to lift out the aircraft because all 48 rockets were still on board plus the radios. The rockets looked like mushrooms, but none had exploded. The Chinook took so much hostile fire that they gave up on the evac for the night. The infantry had to sit on the downed bird for the night and they were not too happy about that. The next morning the Chinook came in and was able to lift out the aircraft and took it to LZ Hammond. Billie Woods was the AC of the other aircraft on our flight. He said he knew we were down, but didn't know where. They searched for us as long as possible and then returned to LZ Hammond. I don't think he realized that we had gone to the other side of the ridge from our original orbit. I was eventually moved to Okinawa for rehabilitation. As it turned out, I didn't break any bones. The doctors called it soft tissue damage. It took about six weeks before I was fairly mobile and could return to duty. (From: Dave Borgeson, April 2000) [Taken from]

  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 1/18/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers

  • Lest We Forget

    Posted on 1/24/05 - by Fellow Michigander
    Today we honor JIMMIE ANDREW HERRERA and the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country. Rest in peace and know you are not forgotten.
  • School Friend

    Posted on 11/9/02
    I visited the moving wall in Reno Nevada today and took the time to find your name on it. I wept for you and remembered better times while we were in High School. It seems so long ago. You made the ultimate sacrifice and I thank you for that.

    Jim Hunter
    A School Friend
  • To Jimmie

    Posted on 1/24/02 - by Jim Seawright
    Today is the anniversary of your death so many years ago and in such a different world of 2002.We were friends and I was very proud when you made crewchief in the first platoon.WE had a good bunch of guys in our platoon.
    It was such a shock to lose not only you but Smitty and Captain Hingston all at the same time.
    For all those years I have felt a great loss.
    You were a goog crewchief and a good friend.
    I will remember you.
    Your friend

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