RALPH M HAVNAER
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HONORED ON PANEL 55W, LINE 35 OF THE WALL

RALPH MILTON HAVNAER

WALL NAME

RALPH M HAVNAER

PANEL / LINE

55W/35

DATE OF BIRTH

06/15/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BIEN HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/25/1968

HOME OF RECORD

CHARLOTTE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Mecklenburg County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RALPH MILTON HAVNAER
POSTED ON 10.5.2015

Final Mission of WO1 Ralph M. Havnaer

On June 25, 1968, the 240th Assault Helicopter Company was tasked with conducting a troop lift for a Royal Thai Army unit, moving into an area about 11 kilometers southeast of Bien Hoa. Eleven UH-1H Hueys were involved, including a command and control aircraft and ten lift ships. Since the weather was marginal the C&C ship departed first to recon the assault area and found that the weather in the operating area was acceptable. He directed the ten lift ships to depart BEARCAT base for the assault point. The subsequent accident investigation reported the following: "During takeoff, climb out, and enroute to the area of operation, the flight encountered fog, clouds and haze that restricted visibility. The flight of ten lift helicopters proceeded northwest from Bearcat at an altitude of 1000 feet in a staggered right formation until over the area of operation. The flight leader (Blue 1) had visual contact with the command and control aircraft and gunships, but stated that the command and control aircraft did not have the flight in sight. After proceeding northwest of the area of operations, the flight leader informed the command and control aircraft of his location and that he was encountering clouds at 1000 feet. He did not have visual contact with the ground or the command and control aircraft at that time. He informed the command and control aircraft he was going to establish a left hand orbit, as he was passing the area of operations. The command and control ship acknowledged the left orbit and suggested the flight go to 900 feet as the weather was better at that altitude. The flight leader established a standard turn to the left and descended to 900 feet. After turning from northwest through south and east to a heading of 060 degrees, he entered a cloud. Immediately upon emerging from the cloud the flight leader saw an unidentified helicopter approaching at his immediate right front at the same flight level." The approaching aircraft was the C&C ship. BLUE 1 and the C&C ship both took immediate evasive action and missed each other. However, BLUE 2's rotors hit the C&C ship's fuselage, which promptly exploded. BLUE 4, immediately behind BLUE 2, sustained severe damage as it flew through the debris, while the remaining eight Hueys avoided damage. Twenty-nine men--twelve 240th AHC aircrew and 17 Thai soldiers--were aboard the three Hueys (tail numbers 66-16601, 66-16592 and 66-16206). All suffered fatal injuries in the accident. They included CAPT Franklin J. Hiner, CWO Thomas J. Smith, WO1 Harvey C. Addison, WO1 Ralph M. Havnaer, WO David R. Hoffman, WO Arvi Rohtvali, SP5 Joseph G. Catoir, SP5 George D. Dell, SP5 Henry L. Page, SP4 Robert Powell, SP4 Charles C. Sales, and SP4 Wayne M. Smith plus seventeen Thai soldiers, names and ranks unknown. [Taken from virtualwall.org]
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POSTED ON 2.22.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear WO Ralph Milton Havnaer, 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
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POSTED ON 2.4.2011

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POSTED ON 11.5.2010
POSTED BY: Bob Evans

Forty Two Years Ago

Ralph:

Our Class 67-23 graduated 42 years ago this past March. I remember our graduation dinner and meeting your parents and sister. I remember all we did together in flight school...and I still miss you.
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POSTED ON 7.9.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Ralph is buried at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte, NC.
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