JAMES R HEIMBOLD
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HONORED ON PANEL 6W, LINE 106 OF THE WALL

JAMES REEVE HEIMBOLD

WALL NAME

JAMES R HEIMBOLD

PANEL / LINE

6W/106

DATE OF BIRTH

02/03/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KHANH HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/04/1970

HOME OF RECORD

SAN JOSE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Santa Clara County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES REEVE HEIMBOLD
POSTED ON 5.4.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Captain James Heimbold,
Thank you for your service as a Field Artillery Unit Commander. The war was years ago, but we all need 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.
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POSTED ON 2.3.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Captain James Reeve Heimbold, Served with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 17th Artillery Regiment, 41st Artillery Group, First Field Force, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 4.18.2017
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of CPT James R. Heimbold

Final Mission of CPT James R. Heimbold
On December 4, 1970, U.S. Army helicopter OH-58A (tail number 68-16803) from the 23rd Artillery Group hit mountain in bad weather in the Duc My Pass along Highway QL-21. There were no survivors. The lost crew included pilots WO1 Peter C. Behrens and CW2 Kermit L. Matthews and observer CPT James R. Heimbold. A passenger, SMAJ Andrew Machristie, also perished in the crash. The following is a summary of the accident from vhpa.org (edited for brevity and clarity): The aircraft departed the First Field Force Vietnam (IFFV) Artillery helipad at Nha Trang at approximately 1409 hours (local). After takeoff, the pilot proceeded via Highway 1 to Ninh Hoa, then via Highway 21 enroute to Ban Me Thuot through the Duc My Pass. The weather in the Duc My pass had been marginal to IFR (instrument flight rules) all day as reported by pilots of the 48th Assault Helicopter Company. The weather in the Duc My Pass just prior to the time of the accident was reported to be a ceiling of less than 100 feet and visibility of less than 1/4 of a mile with rain, haze, and clouds. Shortly after 1430 hours, the aircraft was heard returning from the Ban Me Thuot area towards Ninh Hoa. At this time the aircraft could not be seen due to the poor weather conditions in the pass. The exact location where the aircraft turned around could not be determined, however, with the time of flight and distance traveled at a probable airspeed indicated, the turnaround point was within five nautical miles of the impact area. Following the pilot’s decision to return, he was under IFR conditions. At approximately 1435 hours, at a heading of approximately 035, and an approximate altitude of 2400 feet and 200 meters left of Highway 21, the aircraft struck the side of the mountain. The left skid contacted the ground first causing the aircraft to roll at which time the nose of the aircraft and main rotor blade made contact with the ground. With the impact depth of aircraft components, it was determined that the aircraft was nose low and in a power on condition with 50-70 knots of airspeed. Almost immediately following impact, the power being applied by the tail rotor and the 'g' forces of impact caused the tail boom section to tear off. The tail section came to rest approximately 30 feet away from the point of impact below the wreckage path, with only minor structural damage sustained upon ground contact. As the aircraft continued to slide across the ground, the underside of the aircraft and aircraft components were torn loose by the decelerating force. The aircraft maintained considerable momentum in a nose forward condition and a relatively straight line for approximately 150 feet. The decelerating forces were quite excessive due to the distribution of the wreckage parts and scattered human remains. At this point the forces of gravity and the reduction of forward speed caused the remaining portion of the aircraft to slide down the hill, at the same time the heavier nose portion with the displaced transmission and engine rotated downward and to the right so that the wreckage came to a halt 190 feet from the point of impact, angled downhill and pointing approximately 120 away from the direction of impact. A fire which had initially started when the fuel cells ruptured on impact causing fuel to be sprayed over the major portion of the wreckage path burnt itself out, causing extensive damage to the aft passenger area and avionics compartment. Charing was noted on the tail boom, pieces of aircraft skin and surrounding ground area indicating an immediate fuel fire upon impact. At the time of impact, Korean military personnel located at an outpost just south of the road and approximately 1000 meters from the accident site, heard the aircraft impact. Unable to determine if an aircraft had crashed or a gunship was firing, they delayed investigating for approximately 30 minutes. After this time a patrol was sent out to investigate and found an aircraft had crashed and that all persons on board were killed and the aircraft was destroyed. The bodies were taken down to the ROK compound. Later that evening an American advisor transported the four bodies to the province headquarters where they were medevacked to Cam Ranh Bay on the morning of December 5, 1970. Due to the inclement weather conditions at the time of and following the accident, medical, recovery, and investigating personnel were unable to reach the site until the following morning. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 11.6.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain James Reeve Heimbold, 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 1.11.2012

If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. James Reeve HEIMBOLD, USA...who made the ultimate sacrifice

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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