GEORGE THOMAS CONDREY III
GEORGE T CONDREY III
Thank you for your service as an Utility & Light Cargo Single Rotor Helicopter Pilot. You are still MIA. Please come home.
It is 2018, Happy New Year, and it is the 12th Day of Christmas. It is so 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 strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
Remembering An American Hero
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
Last Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 64-14172
WO1 George T. Condrey III, pilot (BNR), WO1 James L. Dayton (BNR), aircraft commander, SP4 Daniel E. Jurecko (BNR), crewchief, and SP4 Robert E. Jenne (BNR), crewman were on a combat support mission 35 nautical miles southwest of Da Nang on May 8, 1968. During the mission, the helicopter was completing a turn from the east to the west when it exploded in midair and plunged into the Buong River bank. The violent midair explosion of the aircraft indicated that it had been hit by an explosive projectile (presumably an RPG). Shortly after the incident, recovery personnel landed in the vicinity of the crash, but were unable to find any signs of life. On 12 May, a ground patrol located the remains of four bodies. Two bodies were found in the wreckage, one alongside, and one was two meters forward of the aircraft. All bodies were burned beyond recognition. Due to enemy activity and the badly deteriorated state of the remains, their bodies were not recovered (BNR). [Taken from vhpa.org]