Thank you for your service as a Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander - Helicopter Pilot. Today is the 17th anniversary of 9/11, and we remember you all. It has been too long, and it's about time 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.
Final Mission of 1LT Charles M. Fitts
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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter CH-21C tail number 55-04220
Crew of U.S. Army helicopter CH-21C tail number 55-04220 included aircraft commander CW2 Lawrence C. Hammond, pilot CW2 Raymond C. Wilde, crew chief PFC Boyce E. Lawson, pilot passenger 1LT Charles M. Fitts, and SP5 James D. McAndrew. Passengers included 1LT Lewis L. Stone and CAPT Donald B. Toth. The aircraft, a CH-21C Shawnee helicopter from the 57th Transportation Company from Tan Son Nhut, South Vietnam, crashed near a hut on an island in the middle of one of the branches of the Mekong River, about 55 miles Southwest of Saigon near Tan Hiep. There were no survivors. The photo shows the caskets containing the bodies of the seven American killed in the crash of January 11, 1963, which were loaded aboard a plane three days later for shipment home. [Taken from vhpa.org; image from kichbu.multiply.com]