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, Sir
You are missed
Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17767
The crew consisted of aircraft commander CAPT Thomas J. Larkin II, pilot WO1 Raymond H. Krug Jr., crew chief SP4 Kent C. Taylor, and gunner PFC Charles D. Blair. The flight was on single ship mission in Cambodia to do a visual recon. The flight originated at approximately 1400 hours 14 May 1970 at Tay Ninh, RVN. The aircraft was flown to Tay Ninh east where one American advisor, MAJ James R. Barton, and two ARVN officers boarded. While on return from the recon, the aircraft commander was in contact with a MAJ Shen and trying to home to his position during bad weather when contact was lost at approximately 1615 hours. MAJ Shen was unable to reestablish contact and notified the 187th AHC operations personnel of this. They were also unable to contact the aircraft and a search was initiated. The wreckage was discovered at 1800 hours. Analysis of the wreckage and wreckage distribution indicates that the main rotor struck the tail boom three times. The first strike was just in front of the 42 gearbox, severing the tail rotor drive shaft and cover. The second strike completely severed the tail boom at the synchronized elevators, and the third strike partially severed the tail boom a few feet aft of the tail boom attaching points. Each strike resulted in mast bumping and the last in mast separation. The aircraft entered a near vertical descent (very little forward airspeed) rolling to the left, struck the ground on its left side and bounced to a final resting point on its left side approximately 10 meters to the NE of the initial impact point. The main rotors continued on after separation to land 80 meters NE of the main wreckage. During the tail boom strikes, or just after, one tail rotor blade struck the leading left edge of the vertical fin, just above the 42 gearbox and partially severed the vertical fin causing the other tail rotor blade to be thrown from its grip. After being severed, the tail boom continued on to land approximately 28 meters to the west of the tail boom's final position. The aircraft did not burn. All personnel aboard the helicopter suffered fatal injuries in the crash. [Taken from vhpa.org and 187ahc.net]