Thank you for your service as a Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander - Helicopter Pilot. Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day. Happy St. Pat's. 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
Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15704
SP4 John W. Littleton was crew chief on 67-17760 for CAPT Larry Dewey, member of the 92nd Aviation Company. SP4 Littleton survived the shoot down and crash of 67-17760 that killed CAPT Dewey and SP4 Lubbehusen, then escaped and evaded to Firebase 5 where he was rescued by MAJ William E. Adams in 69-15704. MAJ Adam’s helicopter was then shot down, killing all on board. Crew included co-pilot CAPT John D. Curran, crew chief SP4 Melvin Robinson, and gunner SP4 Dennis C Durand plus passenger SP4 Littleton. (From John Tucker, July 2000) Citation received by MAJ Adams (posthumously): ADAMS, WILLIAM E. RANK AND ORGANIZATION: Major, U.S. Army, A227th Assault Helicopter Company, 52d Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade. PLACE AND DATE: Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, 25 May 1971. ENTERED SERVICE AT: Kansas City, Mo. Born: 16 June 1939, Casper, Wyo. CITATION: Maj. Adams distinguished himself on 25 May 1971 while serving as a helicopter pilot in Kontum Province in the Republic of Vietnam. On that date, Maj. Adams volunteered to fly a lightly armed helicopter in an attempt to evacuate 3 seriously wounded soldiers from a small fire base which was under attack by a large enemy force. He made the decision with full knowledge that numerous antiaircraft weapons were positioned around the base and that the clear weather would afford the enemy gunners unobstructed view of all routes into the base. As he approached the base, the enemy gunners opened fire with heavy machineguns, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. Undaunted by the fusillade, he continued his approach determined to accomplish the mission. Displaying tremendous courage under fire, he calmly directed the attacks of supporting gunships while maintaining absolute control of the helicopter he was flying. He landed the aircraft at the fire base despite the ever-increasing enemy fire and calmly waited until the wounded soldiers were placed on board. As his aircraft departed from the fire base, it was struck and seriously damaged by enemy anti-aircraft fire and began descending. Flying with exceptional skill, he immediately regained control of the crippled aircraft and attempted a controlled landing. Despite his valiant efforts, the helicopter exploded, overturned, and plummeted to earth amid the hail of enemy fire. Maj. Adams' conspicuous gallantry, intrepidity, and humanitarian regard for his fellow man were in keeping with the most cherished traditions of the military service and reflected utmost credit on him and the U.S. Army. [Taken from vhpa.org]