ROY E WORTH
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HONORED ON PANEL 38E, LINE 19 OF THE WALL

ROY EDWARD WORTH

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ROY E WORTH

PANEL / LINE

38E/19

DATE OF BIRTH

12/11/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PHU BON

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/07/1968

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POSTED ON 2.10.2012
POSTED BY: Janice Worth Vanhart

Remembrance

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POSTED ON 11.12.2010

WO1 Roy E. Worth's Last Mission

On 7 February 1968, the 134th Assault Helicopter Company suffered its first combat casualties. An entire crew and aircraft were lost while on a MACV support mission at Phu Bon near Cheo Reo. The aircraft flew MACV senior advisors and local commanders to a village that was to have been secured earlier in the morning by nearby PF (Popular Forces) ground troops. These passengers included LTC Vorin E. Whan and 1LT Harmon L. Remmel III. On arrival over the village there was no radio contact with the ground unit supposedly at the site but smoke was popped by someone on the ground and the crew landed. However, the PF troops had not yet arrived and the village was occupied by VC who had taken it over the previous night. After landing and shutting down the aircraft, the crew and six others were ambushed and killed. The aircraft was set on fire and destroyed. Members of the crew were CW2 Roy E. Worth, CW2 Guido S. Reali, SGT Ronald R. Loveland and SGT Harold O. Hoskins. This was a very traumatic experience for everyone in the unit since the 134th was a close knit group and everyone knew the lost crewmembers well. The war hit home to all in a very personal way. After this, aircraft from the 134th were not allowed to land in remote locations without establishing radio contact with ground personnel or positive identification. In a bizarre twist, less than an hour before the ambush of the crew, WO Trainee Hall and WO Mike Harding had been searching for a MACV advisor with the PF troops and had landed at the same village after smoke was popped on the ground. However, they did not shut down or get out of the aircraft. They saw what appeared to be local troops, waved to them (their waves were returned) and realizing their intended passenger was not there, they took off again. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 6.26.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Roy is buried at Memorial Park in Indianapolis, IN. AM PH
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POSTED ON 3.25.2004

You are not forgotten...

We will never forget you guys.

Veterans of the 134th Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Avn. Bde.
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POSTED ON 2.6.2003
POSTED BY: Travis Wright

Flight Buddy

Roy and I were in Class 67-7, B-4, 3rd WOC Company at Ft. Wolters, TX; then fellow officers in the 134th AHC at Ft. Bragg, NC and Phu Hiep, RVN. Roy got married after graduation as I did, and being similar aged Midwest "boys", we had a lot in common.

He was a very fine pilot, and an even better comrade in arms. He and Gus Reali were the first two casualties of the 134th in 1968, and it brought into sharp focus for all of us that the war was for real. I regret never having made contact with his folks or widow, but should they ever see this I hope they will take comfort in knowing that Roy was a gentleman, officer, pilot....and all around great guy. I miss him still.

TW
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