About the list of KIAs that were in question.
I'm pretty sure about two of them. Gary Holian and Gail Strickland were amoug those killed when an NVA rocket hit a D Troop slick in mid-air.
As far as I know, it happened August 12, 1971.
WO1 Larry Kelly was the AC, 1st.Lt.John Thompson was the co-pilot,
Spc.5 Robert Nelson* was the crew chief, Spc.4 Eric Kelly the gunner.
I'm sure about the Huey's crew.
I also have listed Pvt. Larry McCoy, Sgt. James Wright as also killed.
The non-crew members should have been members of Charlie Horse's ARPs.
If that is true then there should have also been two more of our ARPs on board who were also killed.
I know for sure that Larry Kelly's Huey was
down and everyone on board was killed on that date.
I'm only realtively sure about the names of the ARPs on board.
They were in formation circling waiting to insert
ARPs when the missle struck the aircraft.
If anyone can clear up or provide the names of all the ARPs on board
I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.
This is about what Fred Blanchard had mentioned
the slick that was brought down by a rocket.
I had helped our CO carry the bodybags into the evac at Quang Tri that day.As we were picking
up the bags off the slick that brought them in, we were both crying. No words.
This might be debatable however, it was said that they were flying at altitude.
I truely believed then as I do now, that the slick was brought down by a shoulder fired SAM.
RPGs don't have the range, and can't track a target.
I say this because after that, we started getting shot at with big stuff, and lots of it.
Mid to late '71, Mr.Charles had his shit, and asshole wired tight.
51's were as common as AK's. Later, even bigger shit was used against us.
Flying missions out by Khe Sahn was very dangerous.
There was a time (very short) that one could (and did) count 51cal. pits out there.
Before I left, there was so many, you couldn't count them.
North of Khe Sahn we had found so much heavy stuff.
I'm talking brand new 37's, ammo caches, rice, pol, trucks etc.
That was an incountry stockpile of arms to be used for the Eastertime offensive by Mr.Charles.
I remember this like it was yesterday.
I got into an arguement about what I found, with our OPS Officer. He had said(from altitude)that I was looking at prime movers.I told him they were brand new 37mm, with the barrels off(laying next to
each weapon).We then had to go back to Quang Tri,and get a special camera, then go back out there and take pictures. I did this, under fire.
We then returned to QT, I gave them the camera, and went to eat at our mess hall.
While I was eating,the ops officer and his asst., came in, walked up to me and told me I was
right, and then he aplogized for doubting me, and went to eat.
I was also told that "Arclights" would be brought to bear on those targets. It never happened.
To this day I believe that had the arclights happened, some of our men would still be with us today.
A Trp.7/17th cav.regt.1st.avn.bde.crewchief-lift