JAMES L ABLER
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HONORED ON PANEL 10W, LINE 77 OF THE WALL

JAMES LYNN ABLER

WALL NAME

JAMES L ABLER

PANEL / LINE

10W/77

DATE OF BIRTH

02/15/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG DUC

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/22/1970

HOME OF RECORD

ROYAL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Clay County

STATE

IA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES LYNN ABLER
POSTED ON 3.7.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of SP4 James L. Abler

Final Mission of SP4 James L. Abler
On May 22, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 67-17226) from C Company, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion, was conducting a low-level sniffer mission, an airborne personnel detector operation in which equipment in the aircraft was used to detect scents unique to human beings in order to locate enemy soldiers in hidden positions. The mission required that the sniffer aircraft fly at tree-top level, making the helicopter vulnerable to enemy ground fire. On this mission, aircraft 226 had an AH-1G Cobra attack helicopter as an escort. The terrain in which they were operating in Quang Duc Province, RVN, was dense jungle and mountains, with the only forced-landing areas limited to bomb craters. The escort helicopter was directing the flight path of 226 from a higher altitude, performing the missions of navigation and cover for the sniffer aircraft. While traveling to the north on an upslope run, 226 called a Mayday engine failure. The aircraft was observed to attempt an autorotative flare and disappear into the trees. Both the aircraft commander and pilot of the Cobra witnessed the crash. All four crewmen on 226 were killed. They were aircraft commander WO1 John C. Reilly, pilot CPT Richard A. Larson, crew chief SP4 James L. Abler, and gunner PVT Richard W. Mehlharff. A passenger also lost his life, SP4 Charles A. Brooks. Two other passengers were injured. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 7.2.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SPEC 4 ABLER,

IN THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND, IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER YOU, AND THOSE WHO PAID THE PRICE FOR OUR FREEDOM.

THANK YOU.
REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 6.15.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Specialist Four James Lynn Abler, Served with Company C, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 11th Aviation Group, 1st Calvary Division.
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POSTED ON 5.22.2015
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 James Lynn Abler, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 11.28.2013
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

James is buried at North Lawn Cemetery, Clay County, IA.
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