Superior Days, Superior Friends
Thank you for your service that I wish you hadn't entered. I survived my time in Nam and am so sorry that you did not. Such a nice young man who should still be with us.
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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01186
On December 13, 1967, a UH-1D from the 176th Attack Helicopter Company lost its tail rotor coming off a hilltop outside Chu Lai. The aircraft nosed over, spun, crashed, and burned. Three crewmen suffered fatal injuries in the crash: pilot CW2 Richard D. Jenks, crew chief SP4 Robert D. Berta, and gunner SP4 James G. Whaley. The other pilot, WO1 William H. Borchart, survived the crash, but succumbed to his injuries nine days later. Two passengers were also killed in the crash: MAJ Thomas W. Cotton and CAPT Grady I. Carriker Jr. A third passenger survived his injuries. [Taken from vhpa.org]