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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 12/22/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Private First Class Alton Lee Hornbuckle, Served with the 571st Transportation Detachment, 68th Assault Helicopter Company, 145th Aviation Battalion, United States Army Support Command Vietnam, United States Army Vietnam.
  • Final Mission of PFC Alton L. Hornbuckle

    Posted on 1/5/18 - by
    On January 15, 1965, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B (tail number 63-08718) from the 571st Transportation Detachment crashed while flying convoy support in Bien Hoa Province, RVN. Two U.S. personnel were killed in the incident along with a Vietnamese observer. Two other U.S. crewmen survived. The lost crewmen were pilot CPT Lyal H. Erwin and gunner PFC Alton L. Hornbuckle. The aircraft hit a power line nine miles north of Saigon while flying a low-level reconnaissance mission and crashed and burned. No hostile fire was reported and the incident apparently was accidental. The co-pilot suffered serious injuries and the crew chief was injured but not seriously. [Taken from,, and “Copter Crash Near Saigon Kills 2 Yanks, Hurts 2.” The Stars and Stripes, January 16, 1965]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/23/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Alton Lee Hornbuckle, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 9/20/13 - by Robert Sage
    Alton is buried at Forrest Cemetery, Gadsden, Etowah County, AL.

  • Remembered

    Posted on 1/5/13

    Rest in peace with the warriors.

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