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MICHAEL LOUIS BALDINI

  • Wall Name:MICHAEL L BALDINI
  • Date of Birth:2/13/1951
  • Date of Casualty:6/23/1970
  • Home of Record:NEW ORLEANS
  • County of Record:ORLEANS PARISH
  • State:LA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Line: 9W, 81
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN

DARRELL EDWARD BURNS

  • Wall Name:DARRELL E BURNS
  • Date of Birth:6/18/1950
  • Date of Casualty:6/23/1970
  • Home of Record:EVERETT
  • County of Record:SNOHOMISH COUNTY
  • State:WA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Line: 9W, 82
  • Casualty Province:

THOMAS RICHARD BROWN


is honored on Panel 9W, Line 82 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Your Memory, Heart and Spirit Live On. Thank You, Thomas.

    Posted on 9/30/17 - by Nelson da Costa jrnelsondc@gmail.com
    Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for serving our great Nation with courage and strength. Your sacrifice -- as well as the sacrifice made by thousands of your fellow comrades -- will not and should not be forgotten. You paid the ultimate price for love of country. You are a Hero and a Great Patriot. Your loving memory, your kind heart and spirit live on in the hearts of your loved ones and friends. May you rest in peace within Jesus and His eternal love, and may you continue to inspire others to serve selflessly and bravely. With the utmost respect and gratitude, Nelson da Costa.
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 7/26/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear SN Thomas Brown,
    Thank you for your service as a Seaman. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/3/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SN Thomas Richard Brown, 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
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  • Final Mission of SN Thomas R. Brown

    Posted on 4/15/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On or about 1805 hours on June 23, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 67-17594) from the 162nd Assault Helicopter Company, 13th Combat Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, departed Ca Mau Airstrip enroute to Can Tho AAF, RVN. At approximately 1840 hours the aircraft suffered suspected mechanical failure of the main rotor system. The main rotor blades sheared through the cockpit and the mast sheared just below the main rotor head, separating from the aircraft at an approximate altitude of 1500 feet. The aircraft, with the tail rotor still intact and the engine running, began to spin and impacted the ground with vertical and circular momentum. There were no survivors. The crew included aircraft commander WO1 Lawrence M. Moore, pilot WO1 Daniel J. Hallows, crew chief SP5 Dennis J. Dillon, and gunner PFC James W. Lenz. Eight passengers also perished in the crash. They included SN Thomas R. Brown, SN John J. Donnelly III, SM3 John S. Durlin, FN Toby A. Thomas, HM2 Harold L. Linville, BM3 James R. Gore, MM2 Richard J. Solano, and an unnamed civilian. There are five additional accounts of this incident. First account - My uncle, Toby Arthur Thomas was one of the SEALS killed in the helicopter crash that happened on June 23, 1970. He and four other SEALS were on their way to Saigon for R&R. Through much research in the past 2 years I have been told a story of how the crash came about. This information comes from other SEALS that were there at the time. On the morning of June 23, 1970 this particular helicopter was picking up SEALS that had just come off an operation the night before. As they were taking off, the helicopter was ambushed by enemy fire. At one point the helicopter began to descend, but then lifted and took off and flew for approximately 25 minutes. It then landed where my uncle and the others were waiting to catch the flight to Saigon. When they landed others noticed that the aircraft had many bullet holes and it was suggested by someone other than crew to shut the helicopter down and check it out. The pilot said that he could not do that because they were on a timed schedule. So they took off and shortly after crashed. All those on the helicopter died. The reason I know about the ambush that the helicopter was involved in earlier that day is because I spoke to a SEAL that was on the helicopter at the time. Apparently there was a bullet hole in the rotor which grew with time and caused the crash. Had the pilot shut the helicopter down and inspected the damage, the accident may have been prevented. I must admit, those SEALS were very anxious to get to Saigon for R&R and so. (From Cheryl Emery) Second account - I was with Moore on the day of the accident. It was a typical two ship mission. One ship supported the SEAL Teams out of Seafloat (Nam Can), while the other flew Ash and Trash up the coastline to Rach Gia and Ha Tien. I was the A/C of the ship that flew the Ash & Trash. We would typically meet up in the early evening (4 PM) at Nam Can. And that day was no different. The drill was to draw lots if the Navy had personnel to be transported back to Binh Thuy, as it normally entailed an hour or longer wait on the ground. Had that ship been badly damaged by enemy fire, I would have noticed, and of course, waited for the passengers and allowed Moore and his crew to depart with no load. Moore made a mistake that day, IMO, but it was not flying a damaged aircraft. Since I won the toss, I left early. The weather turned bad very quickly and we were soon in heavy rain, with severely reduced visibility. I thought better of trying to push on through, as we saw lightning ahead and we were being severely tossed around. We turned west and followed the coastline and basically flew around the storm. I think Moore, pressured by the Navy personnel, who could not bear to miss their connection at Binh Thuy for Saigon, made the fatal mistake of trying a direct route through the storm. I believe the mast bumping to be as a result of the storm. I have heard a few stories over the years, up to and including one that has a CIA agent, anxious to get his prisoner to Saigon, forced them to fly a damaged aircraft. It was just a poor decision to take off in the first place. When they took so long to arrive at Can Tho, initially we all thought little of it. It was assumed they had waited for the weather to clear. To the best of my recollection, neither ship was at Ca Mau that day. Moore likely refueled at the refueling barge attached to Seafloat, and would have loaded navy personnel from Nam Can, not Ca Mau. This would have been SOP for that mission. I usually based out of Rach Gia, as it was half way between Nam Can and Ha Tien. How Ca Mau got in the mix, I can only guess. It has been a long time and memory fades with age, but that is how I remember it. Larry Moore was my buddy and it hit me very hard. His death still haunts me. (From Jim Ewart) Third account - This was my ASSIGNED aircraft, and I was supposed to fly that mission and got bumped from the flight for two reasons. 1. Larry Moore pulled seniority on me and requested the SEAL mission. 2. The aircraft was supposed to get its 2000 hour periodical maintenance check at a battalion level maintenance facility and they tried to do it at company level as new policy. The aircraft had just come out of its 2000 hour periodical maintenance check before it was assigned to fly that mission. I protested that fact and red X’ed the ship on the fact that one of its mast bearings felt marginal to me on check the night before the mission. The CO then got really pissed at me and grounded me and made me work in maintenance the next day. After the ship turned up missing CAPT R. and I went out and found the crash. They NEVER did another 2000 hour periodical maintenance check at the company level again. From Eric Bray) Fourth account - One of the maintenance pilots said that the ship had an incorrectly assembled horizontal stabilizer bar installed a couple of weeks earlier and he is convinced that was the cause of the problem. F. A. told me a horizontal stabilizer assembly was a depot level job and they were shipped completely assembled to units in the field (we have no idea if this is true or not but he was certainly in a position to know). In any case, the 162nd apparently had the components on hand and assembled the stabilizer bar in-house. F. A. said he protested and refused to test fly or sign off on the job. That was just a few days before his DEROS and he went home a few days before the incident. (From S.G.) Fifth account - I was a crew chief from the 336th AHC operating out of Soc Trang. Our ship, "Super Slick," was a nighthawk recon Huey. We were scrambled off at about dusk one night, and directed to fly north to look for a downed Huey that had left Seafloat. Eye witnesses said they saw the aircraft fall from the sky. We flew north for about a half hour. It was dark by the time we reached the area where they said the ship went down. The area was marshy with tall grass in the middle of nothing for miles. In the dark we began looking using a low-level pattern. After about 15 minutes, figuring we might never find it at night, we then came across the wreckage. We made a few high speed passes across the wreckage, and did a quick recon of the area. We worried about ambush. We then approached the wreckage and flew just a few feet above. It was very obvious there were no survivors, but we flew over each body just in case. We then radioed our location, and continued to fly in the area, until a dustoff arrived. It was a very long ride to Soc Trang. We were really hoping we’d find survivors. Two hours later we were once again called upon to re-find the wreckage. To tell you the truth, none of us wanted to return, but we did, and found the wreckage for the second time. We noticed that some bodies had been removed. I haven’t gone into all the details, but I’ll never forget that night, ever. The wreckage was moved to a hanger at Soc Trang airfield. It was later determined that a weight inside one of the blades had come loose, causing the blade to come apart. A short time after that, all Huey blades were inspected, with many replaced. I’m also very familiar with Seafloat, they did a lot of Special Ops with the SEALS. The unknown civilian was a Vietnamese woman. I remember seeing her as we flew across each body, thought it was strange at the time, and still do. It could be the prisoner they mention. I know the Phoenix program was very active at this time. (From Tom Feigel)
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/20/11 - by Shelly Shellymnwalker@yahoo.com
    Your family continues to grow. We remember you by sharing your story. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.
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