THOMAS O AHLBERG
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HONORED ON PANEL 11W, LINE 94 OF THE WALL

THOMAS OLIVER AHLBERG

WALL NAME

THOMAS O AHLBERG

PANEL / LINE

11W/94

DATE OF BIRTH

02/03/1951

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/04/1970

HOME OF RECORD

IDAHO FALLS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Bonneville County

STATE

ID

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS OLIVER AHLBERG
POSTED ON 3.29.2018

Final Mission of SGT Thomas O. Ahlberg

On May 4, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-16244) from A Company, 101st Assault Helicopter Battalion,101st Airborne Division, was assigned flare standby for night illumination missions in support of the 1st Infantry Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AMBL). At approximately 1930 hours, Company A operations received a mission request to provide illumination for a practice Red Alert at FSB Kathryn in Thua Thien Province, RVN. Around 1955 hours, UH-1H (#68-16244), Comanchero 20, departed the Company A helipad enroute to FSB Kathryn and arrived at that location at 2020 hours. The crew included aircraft commander 1LT Larry F. Mattingly, pilot CW2 Tommy L. Kearsley, crew chief SGT Thomas O. Ahlberg, gunner SGT Rodney A. Taylor, and observer SGT Dean L. Aitken. Ten minutes later, two AH-1G Cobra attack helicopters from B Battery, 4th Battalion, 77th Aerial Rocket Artillery (ARA), departed Camp Eagle enroute to FSB Kathryn for the practice Red Alert. The wing ship of the flight of two AH-1G aircraft was #67-15620, call sign Toro 91D. Its crew comprised pilots WO1 Dean L. Bonneau and CPT Douglas N. Winfrey. While sharing the same air space, a mid-air collision occurred between the flare ship and Cobra wing ship. An investigation into the accident led the inquiry board to believe that while dropping flares, the UH-1H became engulfed by fire after a flare malfunction. The UH-1H started a descent to the ground and in the process made contact with Toro 91D. This contact resulted in the loss of the UH-1H's rotor system while damaging the AH-1G. Toro 91D caught fire and the two aircraft separated, the UH-1H falling to the ground in flames while the Toro 91D proceeded in what appeared to be an autorotative glide, crashing in heavily wooded and mountainous terrain. There were no survivors from either aircraft. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 8.9.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SGT. AHLBERG,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A HUEY - UH-1 HELICOPTER REPAIRER.
REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 6.21.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Sergeant Thomas Oliver Ahlberg, Served with Company A, 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Aviation Group, 101st Airborne Division.
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POSTED ON 5.7.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT Thomas Oliver Ahlberg, 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 2.13.2011

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Rest in peace with the warriors.
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