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
Accident Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13726
Crew included CAPT Edgar J. Saffle (KIA), CAPT Richard B. Brockman (KIA), SP4 James A. Harden (KIA), and SP4 Anthony P. Magistro (KIA). Passengers were SP4 Herbert H. Crowder (KIA), PFC Larry G. Gray (KIA), PFC Herschel L. Epps (KIA), and PFC Frank J. Krebs (KIA). Aircraft crashed and burned after the main rotor blades and tail boom came off in flight. It is possible that the aircraft was hit with hostile fire, but the exact cause is unknown. The mast was broken in two above damper splines. The transmission separated from the fuselage and the main rotor system in flight. The accident board concluded that the push pull control rod attached to the synchronized elevator became separated in flight. [Taken from vhpa.org]