ELBERT W BUSH
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 109 OF THE WALL

ELBERT WAYNE BUSH

WALL NAME

ELBERT W BUSH

PANEL / LINE

1W/109

DATE OF BIRTH

10/13/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/08/1973

HOME OF RECORD

JACKSON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hinds County

STATE

MS

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

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LEFT FOR ELBERT WAYNE BUSH
POSTED ON 2.1.2013

Remembered

Rest in peace with the warriors.

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POSTED ON 11.8.2012

Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15619

Two reports: #1 - On January 8, 1973, a UH-1H helicopter from the 62nd Aviation Company with a crew of four (CW2 Richard A. Knutson, CW2 Mickey A. Wilson, SFC William A. Stinson, SSGT Manuel A. Lauterio) and three passengers from the Military Assistance Command Army Advisory Group departed Landing Zone Sally in Quang Tri Province en route to Quang Tri City. It was later reported to have flown across the Thach Han River into hostile territory and circled twice with its guns firing at an unknown ground target. It was then fired on by the People's Army of Vietnam using SA-7 ground to air missiles. The first missile missed and the second hit the helicopter's boom. A third hit the helicopter proper prior to its crash in the area of the South Vietnamese Army's Ai Tu Combat Base. Multiple SA-7 launches drove off SAR forces in the area of the helicopter shoot down. The seven servicemen were declared missing in action. Subsequent to their loss, CIA forwarded hearsay information from a Vietnamese source reporting a helicopter had been shot down on January 8, 1973, in the area of this loss incident. Four U.S. pilots were reportedly captured and the fate of two other crewmen was unknown. DIA later determined that CIA had terminated the source due to possible fabrication of information. In August 1973, DIA received a hearsay report of a helicopter crash site in the area of this loss incident. Two remains were reportedly in the crash site area in Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province. Returning U.S. POWs had no information on the precise fate of the missing servicemen. After Operation Homecoming, all were declared deadbody not recovered, based on a presumptive finding of death. #2 - WO1 Richard Knutson, pilot; WO1 Mickey A. Wilson, aircraft commander; SP5 William S. Stinson, gunner; SP5 Manuel A. Lauterio, crew chief; and SSgt. Elbert W. Bush and Maj. William L. Dean, both passengers; were aboard a UH1H helicopter (serial #69-15619) that flew in support of the American Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese Airborne Division in Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces, working between the provincial capitals of Hue and Quang Tri. On January 8, 1973, at about 1430 hours, the aircraft had departed a landing zone en route to other LZs without making radio contact with the 2nd Battalion Technical Operations Center. When no radio contact was received by 1500 hours, the other LZs were queried. The helicopter did not go to either of the two designated LZs, nor had any communication been established with them. The helicopter's intended route would have taken it northwest toward Quang Tri, with a left turn to an LZ south of the Thach Han River. Although the helicopter failed to contact either LZ along the route, it was later seen flying northwest toward Quang Tri City and crossing the Thach Han River into enemy held territory. While in this area, the helicopter was seen to circle with door guns firing. Enemy automatic weapons fire was heard, and a direct hit was made on the tail boom by a missile, reportedly an SA7. Aerial searches of the suspected crash site on January 8 and 9 failed to locate either the wreckage or the crew. The aircraft was shot down less than three weeks before American involvement in the war came to an official end. [Taken from vhpa.org]

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POSTED ON 6.6.2011
POSTED BY: SSG. Allen J. Taylor

SSG. Elbert W. Bush

You will always be remembered. I wore your bracelet never giving up hope and I will keep on wearing it. Rest in peace dear comrade.
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POSTED ON 11.24.2008
POSTED BY: Gary

Butch Bush

I grew up down the street from Butch, he was the friend of my brother, both were a few years older than me. I will always remember him.
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POSTED ON 10.29.2005
POSTED BY: Bob Ross

Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Frye – 1932

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