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POSTED ON 2.16.2015

Final Mission of WO1 Roger B. Baxter

On May 6, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D (tail number 66-16707) from C Company (Assault Helicopter), 158th Aviation Battalion (Airmobile), 101st Airborne Division was involved in a mid-air collision with a U.S. Army UH-1H (tail number 68-15663) from B Company of the same unit. Both aircraft were in a flight of several other helicopters, laying a smoke screen on a landing zone near enemy positions in the mountains west of Tun Tavern and LZ Langley in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. Aircraft 663 was crewed by aircraft commander CWO Richard C. Worthington, pilot WO1 Robert L. Kirk, crew chief SP4 William C. Weiss, and gunner SP4 Frank S. Hernandez. On 707 was aircraft commander CW2 Clifford E. Poe Jr., pilot WO1 Roger B. Baxter, crew chief SP5 Allen G. Kinne, and gunner Allen Nohl. Nohl was a maintenance specialist there for the experience of the assault and was flying in the crew chief’s position (left side of the aircraft). He was the only survivor. Both aircraft were smoke ships. Their mission was to provide cover for the lift aircraft by using oil generated smoke and CS gas. The ships were being utilized in Landing Zone Miller (XD 973360). They collided while flying in formation laying the smoke screen for a combat assault. CW2 Poe was leading, with CW2 Worthington echelon right when they collided. CWO Poe made a turn to avoid the CS gas and the rotor blades of his aircraft hit the gas bird about the area of the fuel cell near the crew chief’s position. The aircraft exploded in mid-air. CWO Poe’s aircraft hit the ground and started to burn. Nohl, the maintenance guy, was ejected from the aircraft before it hit the ground. Nohl found that Poe was conscious and attempting to get him out of the aircraft. The aircraft exploded and Nohl was knocked clear of the blast. Nohl confirmed that CW2 Worthington's helicopter skid had struck the main rotor of his helicopter. He indicated that he had not seen any hostile fire. A search team was sent to the site on the same day (May 6) and found 2 bodies which were identified as the remains of WO Kirk and SP4 Weiss. There were no signs of anyone having left the crash site area. It was believed that there were no survivors of the crash. SGT Hernandez and CW2 Worthington were classified Killed/Body Not Recovered. A friend who spent several hours with CWO Poe the night before the accident said Poe had a premonition of his death. Poe had two or three days before DEROS (return to the U.S.) and had asked to be replaced on the mission. MAJ Gerald Lord, the Phoenix Company Commander, wanted to replace Poe but was ordered by the 158th Battalion Commander to have Poe fly the mission. There are two personal accounts of this incident. First account from Allen Nohl: “I received 1st degree burns to my hands and face and 2nd degree burns to 30% of my back and buttocks areas. Amazingly, I had no broken bones. I was rescued by a rope lowered to me from the command helicopter for the mission of that day. I tied the rope around my torso under my arms and they lifted me out of the jungle somewhat bouncing and crawling thru the jungle treetops as they pulled me along. They flew with me hanging below the aircraft to the nearest fire base which I think was 10 to 15 miles away. They landed and loaded me on a stretcher and placed me in that same helicopter and then I was flown to a medivac hospital.” Second personal account of the incident from member Ted Irvine: “The mission as I remember was part of an ongoing operation called Project Delta which was the prelude to and the recon for Lam Son 719, the Laotian invasion. On that day the plan was to insert a large force of ARVN on a hill top near the Laotian border. The plan was to prep an adjoining hill top with artillery CS gas while ‘smokies’ laid down cover for us to insert on the hill without the gas. Someone messed up and arty prepped the wrong hill. None of us had gasmasks and we were going into the LZ at least 3 abreast. No one could see and it is a testimony to the skill of the pilots and crew that more of us did not die in that cloud of gas. All the while this is going on the ‘smokies were doing their job weaving the smoke under us as we flew in and out of the LZ. I think that we flew in from the east and coming out did a u turn and exited back the way we came. As we were coming out we crossed over the ‘smokies’ as they were flying north to south weaving, one behind the other. I heard my crew chief yell ‘NO SHIT’ and looked to the rear and saw the lead ‘smokie’ going nose first into the trees. The trailing ship looked like it went nose up, almost in a flare, and rolled to the right and into the trees. It was obviously a mid-air collision, but I don't know who was trailing who. But the following ship struck the tail rotor of the lead ship. It is my opinion that the CS gas and the tactical confusion that day were the direct cause of the mid-air. I do not recall any significant enemy fire that day although it certainly was a possibility.” [Taken from and]
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POSTED ON 5.7.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear WO Roger Bruce Baxter, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 8.21.2008


Roger, your wonderful smile & personality will never be forgotten. Our days at dear ole JHS werer such a big part of my life.
You may be gone but will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 6.22.2007
POSTED BY: Barry Bardone

Air Force Buddies

Roger & I went though boot camp and Air Police school in 1965. He took me home with him several times to Junction. He asked me to be his best man at his wedding. We went to pick up his girl in Austin, her name was Patty. I have several photos of them and his family in my album. I turned him down because I was able to leave to go home on Friday and he was getting married on Saturday. He said he understood and we parted never to see each other again. I told this story at work and to friend many times over the years. In 2001 my wife and I took a trip around the country and while in San Antonio decided to go to Junction and see if I could find Roger. This is when I found out, after several inquiries, that he was killed. I stopped at the library and found a book of people living/lived in Jucntion. I found his name and saw his mom (many years after I visited with them in the AF) and read she passed in 1990. I flipped the page and saw Roger in a army uniform. I couldn't figure out what happened. Then the librarian explained after he got out of the AF in '69 he joined the army and became a WO. He got divorced from Patty and married again. Then I read he was killed in V.N. I cried on the spot. I found his sister Kathy Baxter Rotge still living in Junction. Took her and her dad, Elmer, to dinner that night and laughed and cried talking about Roger. I located his grave, he's with his mom, and put flowers and a card there. The card stated: My Hero. I cried. For 32 years I thought he was alive. I'm sorry I didn't stay one day more in Tx. to be his best man. But it turned out that he is my best man. I'm honored and proud to have know him for just a few months. But my memories of shooting turtles from banks of the Llano river, his young sisters and eating 'possum stew will remain with me until I meet him again. I just returned from Junction a few day ago while on vacation. The place brought back great memories of Roger. God bless you, Roger.
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POSTED ON 5.6.2005
POSTED BY: Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67

Not forgotten

Roger, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well and thank you.
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