I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans
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 65-09987
On December 19, 1967, a UH-1D from the 162nd Assault Helicopter Company suffered an engine failure at an altitude of 200 foot during takeoff from Phouc Vinh airfield loaded with troops for a practice combat assault. While still within the wire over 75 foot trees, the tail boom struck trees and separated from the aircraft. The main cabin hit the ground in a nose low attitude and turned over, burning on impact. Engine loss was due to fatigue failure of one blade in the turbine wheel. All ten persons aboard the helicopter suffered fatal injuries. They included aircraft commander WO1 John F. Holz, pilot WO1 Larry A. Harke, crew chief SP4 Robert D. Kline, and gunner SP4 Anthony V. Campaniello, plus six passengers: CPL Steven N. Radu, PFC Eugene Miley, SFC Walter O. Brown, SFC Leroy Everett, PFC Jimmy L. Woolfolk, and PFC Charles Carpenter. [Taken from vhpa.org]