RONALD LEE HOLTZMAN
Final Mission of SP4 Ronald L. Holtzman
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 UH-1H tail number 66-16526
On August 24, 1967, a helicopter from the 119th Assault Helicopter Company, 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, with nine men on board was returning on low level flight to the Division's base. While flying down the Dak Bla River at an altitude of thirty feet, the helicopter began to turn around to check out a sighting of unidentified persons along the river bank. The pilot made a turn and cyclic climb over a hilltop causing the airspeed to diminish. The pilot entered a dive to regain airspeed but failed to recover before striking the water nose low. The aircraft sank. Four on board were rescued. SP4 Ronald L. Holtzman was in contact with the pilot after the crash but was swept away in the swift moving ten foot deep river and was later declared deadbody not recovered. The other personnel lost in this incident included SFC Richard. M. Allard, 2LT Kenneth B. Goff, 2LT Richard J. Schell, and 1LT Sterling A. Wall. The area the men were declared missing was searched by Special Forces personnel from Forward Operating Base 2 but without success. A later search of the area on December 26, 1969, found the river ten feet higher than when the aircraft first crashed into the river. [Taken from vhpa.org]