JOHN H WHITTINGTON
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HONORED ON PANEL 16W, LINE 119 OF THE WALL

JOHN HEZEKIAH WHITTINGTON

WALL NAME

JOHN H WHITTINGTON

PANEL / LINE

16W/119

DATE OF BIRTH

08/13/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/24/1969

HOME OF RECORD

BALTIMORE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Baltimore City

STATE

MD

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN HEZEKIAH WHITTINGTON
POSTED ON 6.3.2019
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of WO1 John H. Whittington

Final Mission of WO1 John H. Whittington
On October 28, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C (tail number 66-15129) from the 57th Assault Helicopter Company crashed after takeoff from Dak To Base Camp in Kontum Province, RVN. One crewman and four passengers were killed in the incident. The aircraft reportedly commenced flight in a standard-type traffic pattern but did not climb due to artillery being fired from the base. Near the eastern end of the airstrip, the pilot made a 180-degree right-hand turn for the purpose of low-level flight parallel and north of the airstrip. While traveling at 60-70 knots of airspeed, the helicopter fell to the ground, its skids making contact for about 100 feet. The pilot abruptly pulled up, causing the main rotors to flex and shear off the tail boom. The aircraft then spun three complete revolutions in the air before impacted with the ground where it immediately burst into flames. The four lost passengers were the crew of a gun truck called Mighty Minny from the 64th Transportation Company. They included SP5 Gary A. Best, SP4 Charles F. Gamble Jr., SP5 Donald L. Neeley, and SP5 Barrent O. Torgerson. The aircraft commander, WO1 John H. Whittington, was critically burned and medically evacuated to the U.S. Army’s burn center at the 106th General Hospital in Yokohama, Japan, where he died four weeks later on November 24, 1969. Two other crewmen, the pilot and gunner, survived with injuries. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 11.11.2015
POSTED BY: James L. Russell

to a great pilot that i had the pleasure to fly with

i remember mr Whittington very well. I was the crew chief on his aircraft the day the accident happened. he was one of the greatest pilots I ever flew with. we were good friends and had a lot of fun together. even after all these years I still miss him very much. he will always be in my mimories and my thoughts. to his family , im very sorry for your loss. he was a good man and officer and also a friend. god bless his soul.
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POSTED ON 12.7.2013
POSTED BY: Lewis Olson

How to drive

I taught John how to drive a vehicle. He was the happiest guy in the world. I was also one of the first persons to his downed helicopter. A very tragic loss for me as we were best friends in the unit.
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POSTED ON 11.1.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear WO John Hezekiah Whittington, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 10.28.2011
POSTED BY: Aaron Whittington

My big brother, my best friend and my hero

Thanks for being my big brother, my best friend and my hero. Rest In Peace.
Love Always,
Aaron
'Doc'
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