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  • Final Mission of CAPT Earl R. Michles

    Posted on 9/16/16 - by
    On June 13, 1968, a U.S. Army UH-1D helicopter (#66-01016), a Dolphin slick, was dispatched from Duc Pho to fly command and control for the 4th Battalion, 3d Infantry, 11th Light Infantry Brigade. WO1 James D. Carter was the aircraft commander on the Dolphin. WO1 Jerry H. Johnson was the pilot, and SP4 Gary A. Milton and PFC Allen R. Weamer were the door gunners. The aircraft landed at LZ Dottie to pick up LTC Frank A. Barker Jr., , and 1LT Michael L. Phillips, 4/3 Infantry. The aircraft departed at 0730 hours to fly a visual reconnaissance in the area where a unit from 4/3 Infantry had reported light contact. Dolphin 016 was avoiding machine gun fire on climb out when it collided with a USAF O-2A Skymaster (#67-21415) airplane piloted by MAJ David G. Brenner while flying at about 1000 feet AGL (above ground level). Both aircraft crashed. At 0745 hours, the 174th Assault Helicopter Company operations center at Duc Pho received a report that WO1 Carter's aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with the forward observer airplane. The UH-1D burst into flames on impact, the O-2 also crashing nearby. Another helicopter crew in the area observed WO1 Carter's aircraft impact with the ground and stated they did not see anyone escape from the crash. An element from A Company, 4/3 Infantry was airlifted to both crash sites. They could find no survivors at either crash site. A 174th maintenance aircraft (Witchdoctor) arrived at the UH-1D crash site and assisted in the removal of five bodies from the surrounding area. The remains of the O-2 pilot, MAJ Brenner, were also recovered. One additional body (believed to be WO1 Carter) was still in the wreckage and could not be recovered due to the extensive damage to and burning of the helicopter. The maintenance crew reported no survivors in the area and that helicopter 016 was completely destroyed. On subsequent searches on 13th, 14th, and 15th of June 1968, only portions of bodies were recovered and evacuated. Of these, none could be identified as the remains of WO1 Carter. The Chu Lai Graves Registration shipped a total of six remains involved with the incident to the Da Nang US Army mortuary (there were seven crew and passengers aboard the helicopter). WO1 Carter is carried in the status of dead, body not recovered. [Taken from]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/14/15 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain Earl R Michles, 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
  • Thank You

    Posted on 6/13/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Captain Michles for your leadership and courage under fire.
  • If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. Earl R. MICHLES, USA...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!!!!

    Posted on 8/26/11 - by
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do somkething to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchnace, may therein comfort you.
  • Information

    Posted on 12/22/10
    Earl Ray is buried at Randolph Memorial Cemetery in Pocahontas, AR. He was buried in July of 1968, after his death in a mid-air aircraft collision in Vietnam a few weeks earlier. In 1993, a farmer found bone and teeth fragments as he plowed a field. The farmer notified the authorities and in turn they came and excavated the area locating additional human remains. These human remains turned out to be from the June 13,1968, air crash site that took the lives of Captain Michles, LTC Barker, 1LT Phillips and the helicopter crew 25 years earlier. The 1993 recovered remains of the seven men killed in that 68' crash are buried in a mass grave in Arlington National Cemetery. A very nice up-right headstone marks the mass grave site, with all seven names engraved, showing where these warriors and heroes are resting together in final peace.
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