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is honored on Panel 28W, Line 106 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Copter Rips Into Saigon Traffic, Pacific Stars & Stripes, Thursday, April 3, 1969

    Posted on 7/16/18 - by
    “Copter Rips Into Saigon Traffic.” Pacific Stars & Stripes, Thursday, April 3, 1969. The article makes reference to lost crewmen CW2 Michael G. Taylor, WO1 Dale A. Yateman, SP4 Philip C. Stafford, and SP4 Barry L. Golden, and passengers SP5 Terry W. Dickerhoff and SP5 Rex E. Rader.
  • Final Mission of WO1 Dale A. Yateman

    Posted on 1/5/18 - by
    On April 1, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 66-17042) from the120th Command Aviation Company, "The Underdogs,". crashed shortly after takeoff from Tan Son Nhut Air Base Complex in Gia Dinh Province, RVN. Six U.S. personnel perished in the crash, including the entire crew of the aircraft plus two passengers aboard. There were three survivors. The lost crewmen included aircraft commander CW2 Michael G. Taylor, pilot WO1 Dale A. Yateman, crew chief SP4 Philip C. Stafford, and gunner SP4 Barry L. Golden. The lost passengers were SP5 Terry W. Dickerhoff and SP5 Rex E. Rader. The flight had just departed from Hotel 3 Heliport at Tan Son Nhut and climbed to approximately 500 feet of altitude when it suffered an engine failure. The pilots attempted autorotation, however, the autorotation was unsuccessful, ending in a crash and fire. The main rotor blade of the helicopter struck a telephone pole before the aircraft made ground contact, with the tail striking first, severing the tail boom. The fuselage section continued forward, coming to rest on its right side and completely engulfed in flames. Two bodies were discovered outside the wreckage along the path of the aircraft. [Taken from]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/18/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear WO Dale Arnold Yateman, 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
  • Remembered

    Posted on 4/19/11 - by Nam Vet
    Six men died when UH-1H tail number 66-17042 had an engine failure shortly after take-off from the 'Hotel-3' heliport just south of Tan Son Nhut Air Base near Saigon. The aircraft had climbed to about 400 feet when the engine failed; although the pilot initiated an autorotation the aircraft had too little altitude and airspeed to safely autorotate to landing. Instead, the aircraft broke up on ground impact, with the cabin section continuing in motion for some 130 feet before coming to rest and burning. There were two survivors. The dead were
    Aircrew, 120th Avn Co:
    CWO Michael G. Taylor, El Paso, TX, pilot
    WO Dale A. Yateman, Lynnwood, WA, copilot
    SP4 Barry L. Golden, Ferguson, MO, door gunner
    SP4 Philip C. Stafford, Camarillo, CA, crew chief

    SP5 Terry W. Dickerhoff, Plymouth, IN, HHC, 1st Avn Bde
    SP5 Rex E. Rader, Bend, OR, 120th Avn Co
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 1/26/06 - 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

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The Wall of Faces

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