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is honored on Panel 19E, Line 50 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering Tim

    Posted on 11/26/16 - by Charles A Krohn
    We share an R&R in Tokyo. We were both young and healthy He persuaded me to buy a Honda 90 at the PX connected to the Sanno Hotel. I couldn't resist his urging, and it was waiting for me when I returned to Camp Red Cloud in Vietnam. After a day or two I called him, proposing he meet my half way between his camp and mine I was saddened to learn his was just killed in a helicopter incident. I sold my bike as soon as I could.
  • We had a good time in Tokoyo

    Posted on 7/26/15 - by Charles Krohn
    Tim and I shared an R&R in Tokyo, although I was a boozer and he wasn't. He encouraged me to buy a small cycle (Honda 90) at the PX, which was waiting for me when I returned to 1st Cav Div HQ in An Khe. It was about 15 miles east of Kontum where he was assigned. We agreed to meet after we returned to Vietnam. When I called him later, I was told he was KIA, with murky details. He had told me about his work with assurances of secrecy, confirmed below. Tim was a fine young man, and we quickly became friends. What do I remember about our time together? He had normal appetites, enjoyed photography and lost his R&R orders. RIP
  • Never forgotten

    Posted on 7/25/15 - by Steve Lindsey
    Dear Tim, It has been a long time since we talked face to face. I was in basic training at Ft. Polk, Al. when my Mother sent me your Obituary. I could not believe it for a while. This was in May of 1967. Just wanted to thank you for all the fun we had in school, and after, for a while. Also, as so many of us who never served overseas, thank you for your service, and your greatest sacrifice.
    Rest in peace, and God Bless You.
    Your friend, Steve
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/7/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear WO Timothy William Kearney, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00596

    Posted on 11/4/12 - by

    There are two accounts of the incident: Account #1 - Operation OMEGA. This operation ran concurrently with PRAIRIE FIRE but cost the 119th much more. On 6 May Crocodile 596 was lost with 3 KIA. WO1 James A. Bullington (AC),WO1 Timothy W. Kearney (P), and SP4 Richard C. Gupton (G) were lost supporting other ships of the 119th enroute to pick up a Special Forces team. Mike Ebert was the only survivor of the crash. The crew of the helicopter that pulled Ebert out were WO William Dobbs (AC), James L. Daniels (P, later KIA), Tom Frankenfield (CE), and Jim Bradfield (? spelling) (G). (From Mark S. Herring, 119th AHC 1970) Account #2 - We were a flight of two slicks and two gunships supporting the 5th Special Forces who would be inserted in five man teams looking for Chinese advisors to capture. We were enroute at tree top level at cruise speed to extract a five man Special Forces team when a puff of smoke came out of 596's engine. At the same time, all panel caution lights came on and one of the pilots called a Mayday. Mr. Bullington did a good job crash landing the helicopter into the trees considering the circumstances. The helicopter hit the ground hard with sufficient forward motion to close both doors trapping the gunner and crew chief. Ebert's M-60 machine gun which was on a bungee cord flew up and hit him in the face breaking his nose. There was a large explosion and then rockets began cooking off. The transmission wall was on fire so Ebert used his 'chicken plate' to shield him from the flames while he tried to get out. He called for Gupton but there was no answer. Ebert tried to break out the plexiglass window but was unsuccessful. Finally he noticed a small hole that had been knocked in the bottom of the door and he managed to wiggle out through it. He had no weapon since he was not carrying a side arm. While standing on the ground, Ebert noticed that the greenhouse was at eye level indicating a very hard landing. He ran all around the helicopter and realized none of the others got out of the burning chopper. He then started waving at the other helicopter. Frankenfield dropped a survival pack to Ebert which contained a survival radio. Ebert established radio contact and informed them that he was the only survivor. Since the slicks had Maguire rigs with them, they used one to extract Ebert. The rig got stuck on a tree and Ebert shook the tree to get it free. The rescue helicopter could only get within 75 feet of the ground. Ebert finally grabbed the rig and just as he was climbing on, he was pulled out and hauled to an LZ about a mile away where he then got on board. Injuries were burns on his arms and legs and a broken nose. The gunner Gupton was an armorer and not a regular gunner. He was ordered to go on this mission because of a shortage of gunners. (From Mike Ebert and Tom Frankenfield at the June 1999 VHCMA reunion in Denver, CO) [Taken from]

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