MICHAEL J MCCLANE
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HONORED ON PANEL 15W, LINE 43 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL JAMES MCCLANE

WALL NAME

MICHAEL J MCCLANE

PANEL / LINE

15W/43

DATE OF BIRTH

06/23/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/09/1969

HOME OF RECORD

MT CARMEL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Wabash County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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LEFT FOR MICHAEL JAMES MCCLANE
POSTED ON 4.2.2022
POSTED BY: Paul Densmore

A year later

You are remembered.
I flew over the same mountain in the same kind of weather Dec. 1970
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POSTED ON 11.28.2020

Final Mission of SP4 Michael J. McClane

On December 9, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-16220) from Company A, 123rd Aviation Battalion, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal) was conducting a routine shuttle mission for support command when it crashed in bad weather into a hilltop three miles southwest of Minh Long Airfield in Quang Ngai Province, RVN. Three crewmen and three passengers were killed. The lost aircrew included co-pilot WO1 Ward L. Hooper Jr., crew chief SP4 Michael J. McClane, and gunner SP5 Edward F. Fratus; the lost were passengers LTC Karl F. Lange, MAJ Roger W. Heinz, and CPT Eugene P. Shumbris. The aircraft commander survived with injuries. The flight initiated at 7:15 AM from Ky Ha Heliport where the crew picked up passengers at the Division Administration pad, then departed for Minh Long. Following a change in passengers, the aircraft departed Minh Long in light rain enroute to Ba To. The helicopter was on a heading which would enable it to follow a valley to Ba To after passing through a saddle in a mountain. As the aircraft passed through the saddle, poor visibility caused the pilots to switch to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). The aircraft commander assumed control of the ship from the co-pilot. He turned left and initiated a climb. After completing his turn, the aircraft commander looked through the chin bubble when he saw the mountainside approaching rapidly. As he attempted to climb over the hill, the main rotor's retreating blade contacted small shrubs and tall elephant grass on the uphill side of the mountain. As the helicopter continued forward, the skids struck the ground and were sheared off, causing the fuel cells to burst. The main rotor struck the ground and was sheared from the transmission. The tail boom was also severed from the fuselage of the aircraft. Momentum carried the aircraft forward another 150 feet. The destroyed helicopter burned in place; however, it was impossible to determine the exact final resting position of the aircraft because the slope where the accident occurred was approximately 60 degrees and many of the components rolled down the hill following the fire. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 7.30.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Michael McClane, Thank you for your service as an Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Time passes quickly, but our world needs help. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 4.17.2019
POSTED BY: GARY HAWKINS

SO PROUD

MY UNCLE I AM SO PROUD OF YOU
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POSTED ON 5.26.2014
POSTED BY: Mike Southerland

Platoon Leader Remembers

I was Mike's platoon leader in A company 123 Aviation Battalion, Americal Division stationed in Chu Lai South Vietnam at Key Hia airfield. He was in my platoon for his entire time in Vietnam. He was a crew chief and I flew with him as much as I could. I have thought of him almost every day of my life since that fatal flight. I flew a Vietnamese search party to find his aircraft the next day. Mike's monument information is in a frame hanging on the wall at the entrance to my bedroom. It was such a tragic loss for me. I have not really been able to deal with it.
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