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HAL KENT HENDERSON

  • Wall Name:HAL K HENDERSON
  • Date of Birth:9/5/1944
  • Date of Casualty:8/2/1969
  • Home of Record:BOZEMAN
  • County of Record:GALLATIN COUNTY
  • State:MT
  • Branch of Service:AIR FORCE
  • Rank:1LT
  • Panel/Line:20W, 86
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TIN

THOMAS LARRY JUSTICE

  • Wall Name:THOMAS L JUSTICE
  • Date of Birth:7/1/1950
  • Date of Casualty:8/2/1969
  • Home of Record:BELFRY
  • County of Record:PIKE COUNTY
  • State:KY
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Line:20W, 87
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

DANIEL ALBERT IRELAN


is honored on Panel 20W, Line 87 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of SP4 Daniel A. Irelan

    Posted on 9/16/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On August 2, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter CH-47C Chinook (#67-18513) from C Company, 159th Aviation Battalion, was involved a mid-air collision with a U.S. Air Force O-2A Skymaster (#67-21332) in the vicinity of Tam Ky, Quang Tin Province, RVN. The Chinook was being flown on a logistical support mission and was climbing through approximately 3000' of indicated altitude when it was struck from the left rear by the O-2A which was in the process of making a left turn. Both aircraft partially disintegrated in mid-air and then fell to the ground out of control. All personnel aboard both aircraft sustained fatal injuries. The remains of the Chinook were mostly consumed by a post-crash fire. The lost crew members of the Chinook included aircraft commander CW2 Albert A. Vaquera, pilot WO1 Thomas L. Dives Jr., crew chiefs SP4 James S. Stacey and SP4 Thomas K. Ryan, and gunner SP4 Daniel A. Irelan. The lost O-2A pilot was 1LT Hal K. Henderson from the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron. The following is a personal account for this incident by Mike Maloy (edited for clarity): It happened about 10:00 AM on August 2, 1969. The sky was clear with visibility unlimited. We had been making two-ship sorties to a firebase west of Chu Lai since dawn. The loads consisted of our taking 105mm ammo in and hauling out an occasional wounded. We were getting shot at with .51calibre (anti-aircraft fire) on most trips in and out so we were making steep spiraling approaches from about 4500 feet, drop our load, and haul ass back out the same way, a steep spiraling ascent at max climb out. Gene Collings and I led the flight of two, the first four loads we took to the firebase that morning, then we swapped off and Al Vaquera and Tommy Dives in 513 leading the trail formation. They dropped their load first and we were right behind them, dropped our load and began the climb out. They were about 100 yards in front and above us climbing out in a steep left hand spiral. At about 3500 feet and from directly behind and below them I saw a puff of smoke and what looked like sticks flying away from 513. The sticks were the (rotor) blades. My first thought was they had been hit by an SA-7 (anti-aircraft missile), but then Gene said he saw the Air Force FAC (forward air controller) just as they collided. The location was approximately five miles northwest of Tam Ky. We followed 513 to the ground and I kept calling them on the radio but got no response. To this day I have no idea why I kept calling them, but at the time it seemed like the right thing to do, maybe just to say goodbye. 513 tumbled end over end after the blades came off. In the initial mid-air, the Hook blades cut the FAC in half, killing the Air Force pilot on impact. 513 was in a steep climbing left hand bank. The FAC was in a steep left hand bank also. This meant he could only see forward, right and up, or left and down. The crew in 513 could only see forward and up, right and up, or left and down. They couldn't see left and up because of the steep bank and the FAC couldn't see right and down because of his steep bank, and so they collided. 513 hit the ground flat on the belly of the aircraft and the impact broke the cockpit clean off, just behind the forward pylon, and it bounced about 100 feet forward from the rest of the helicopter. The remainder of the Chinook exploded on impact and was engulfed in flames. We landed as close as we could and my crew chief went over to check the cockpit. Both Al and Tommy were still in the cockpit, both dead. We were in Indian Country so we took off and orbited until we could get some troops flown out to secure the area. Then we went back to Chu Lai where we were staying TDY (temporary duty). Before we went to Vietnam, I flew 513 most of the time and got to be good friends with crew chief Jim Stacy. WO1 Jerry Yost and I flew 513 from Fort Sill (OK) to California to ship it to Vietnam in November of 1968. Coming out of El Paso on the second day of the trip, our internal fuel bladder came apart and flooded the inside of the aircraft with JP-4 (jet fuel). We did a power on auto-rotation and landed safely and ran like hell. Got it all drained out and then discovered that in the excitement we had landed in Mexico. Ooops! I gave Jim some stick time on that trip and he was doing well with flying. He wanted to go to flight school after his tour in Vietnam. On the morning of August 2, 1969, before we launched, the maintenance NCO took Jim Stacy over to the Red Cross to pick up a telegram: his wife had given birth to twin girls. We razzed him about his instant family all morning. And then he died. (Narrative by Mike Maloy, July 2000) [Taken from vhpa.org]
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  • It's been 47 years....

    Posted on 5/28/16
    and I still miss you. Thank you to the people who cared enough to write a note on Danny's wall. He was a gentle, kind man who chose service to his country instead of attending college on a full football scholarship. He was able to fulfill some of his dream by working on the fishing boats in Alaska prior to being drafted. Danny, I'll see you on the other side...
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/13/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SGT Daniel Albert Irelan, 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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  • Senior Portrait

    Posted on 11/26/11 - by Sue Martin rmnails@gmail.com
    From a small school in a smaller town....his gift to our country was not small.
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/9/11 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Daniel is buried at Willamette National Cemetery.
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