KENNETH RAY BERTSCH
KENNETH R BERTSCH
Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 64-14088
Crew members included CPT Charles S. Abel (KIA), WO1 Edwin R. Higgins (KIA), SP4 Kenneth R. Bertsch (KIA), and AN Roger D. Childers (KIA). Airman Childers was Navy personnel, training as a gunner with the 68th. The 'Top Tigers' were called upon to supply a platoon and a heavy fire team to support a classified operation. Was 1 of 2 gunships escorting 5 slicks with troops. Landing zone was missed because of weather. The flight attempted return to base when they became separated in heavy rain. Flight 088 seen slowing and entering trees with the aircraft settled thru tree. Conditions of low ceiling, heavy rain, ground fog, and poor visibility contributed to the accident. Aircraft and crew were initially reported as missing in action. [Taken from vhpa.org]
A Great American
Kenneth was a member of the 68th Assault Helicopter Company “Top Tigers” who proudly server in the Republic of Vietnam from 1964 to 1972 . To see a dedication to this unit member go to the web site dedicated to the unit at www.68thahc.com and click on the menu area “In Memory” and the member’s name.
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Thank you for your service
We will never forget you and your sacrifice
Crew Chief 68th AHC