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South Hadley Fallsís Fallen from the Vietnam War

HAROLD JOSEPH SHEA

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Birth Date:  February 11, 1923

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Race:  Caucasian

Religion:  Roman Catholic

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

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Marital Status:  Married

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Home of Record:  South Hadley Falls, Massachusetts

Service Branch:  Air Force                           

Service Component:  Regular                      

Rank:  Lieutenant Colonel

Rank Abbrev:  LTC   

Pay Grade:  O5        

MOS:  -----                 

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Date Tour Commenced: December 3, 1969

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Air Group:  834th Air Division                  

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Casualty Date:  May 31, 1970

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Casualty Age:  47

Casualty Data 1: Non-Hostile, Died of Other Causes        

Casualty Data 2:  Air Loss, Crash on Land    

Casualty Data 3:  Helicopter - Non-Crew      

Casualty Province:  Binh Long

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam 

Casualty Coordinates:  XU 713 054

Casualty Vehicle:  UH-1H Iroquois serial number 68-16528

Aircraft Incident Report:  click here for Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association report             

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Body Recovered:  Yes

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South Hadley Fallsís Fallen Casualty Order: 6th

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  10W  Line Number:  127


Helicopter UH-1H 68-16528

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16528
The Army purchased this helicopter 1269
Total flight hours at this point: 00000411
Date: 05/31/70
Incident number: 700531071ACD Accident case number: 700531071 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 120 CAC
The station for this helicopter was Long Binh in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 9 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 5
costing 680945
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P WO1 GRIFFIN JAMES DONALD KIA
AC WO1 BURRIS JOHN CHARLES KIA
CE SP5 RICHARDSON BRUCE KIA
G E2 O BRIEN ROBERT PHILLIP KIA
G PVT OBRIEN ROBERT PHILLIP KIA

Passengers:
LTC SHEA HAROLD JOSEPH, AF, PX, KIA; MAJ ASBURY BENTON FRANCIS, AF, PX, KIA; SSG WOLF DURWYN LEE, AF, PX, KIA; CPT HULTS GARY DEAN, AF, PX, KIA; LTC BONNER JOHN SIDNEY JR, AF, PX, KIA;


Accident Summary:

THE CREW WAS ASSIGNED AN AUTHORIZED SERVICE MISSION BEGINNING AT 0725 HOURS ON 31 MAY 1970 FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRANSPORTING AN AIRFIELD INSPECTION TEAM TO BU PRANG, O'RANG, BU DOP, LOC NINH AND TO RETURN TO SAIGON HELIPORT. (SEE TAB K). AT 0725 HOURS, 31 MAY 1970, DEAN 528 (UNIT IDENTIFICATION) TOOK OFF AND OPENED HIS FLIGHT PLAN WITH CAPITOL CENTER, DEPARTING LONG BINH FOR SAIGON. AT 0730 HOURS THEY CALLED "TALLY HO" SAIGON AND LATER DEPARTED AT 0745 HOURS ENROUTE TO VUNG TAU. AT 0800 HOURS, THEY CALLED "TALLY HO" VUNG TAU, (SEE TAB D STATEMENT 9). AT 0810 HOURS DEAN 528 CALLED OFF VUNG TAU, VIA XUAN LOC FOR LONG BINH AND CALLED "TALLY HO" AT 0845 HOURS. AT 0905 HOURS, DEAN 528 CALLED OFF LONG BINH FOR SAIGON BUT CHANGED HIS DESTINATION FROM SAIGON TO O'RANG, COORDINATES YU3463. DEAN 528 REQUESTED FREQUENCY CHANGE TO PARIS CONTROL AND RETURNED SEVERAL MINUTES LATER TO CONTINUE FLIGHT FOLLOWING WITH CAPITOL CENTER. (SEE TAB D STATEMENTS 10 & 11). ABEAM DONG XOAI THEY WERE HANDED OFF BY CAPITOL CENTER TO SONG BE RADIO FOR FLIGHT FOLLOWING. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT DEAN 528 CONTACTED SONG BE RADIO UNTIL AFTER LANDING AND DEPARTING BU DOP. AFTER DEPARTING BU DOP, DEAN 528 REQUESTED FLIGHT FOLLOWING SERVICE WITH SONG BE RADIO ENROUTE TO LOC NINH. AT THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL (1520 HOURS) DEAN 528 CALLED "TALLY HO" LOC NINH. (SEE TAB D STATEMENT 12). THIS WAS THE LAST KNOWN RADIO TRANSMISSION FROM DEAN 528. AT APPROXIMATELY 1625 HOURS DEAN 528 DEPARTED LOC NINH IN LIGHT RAIN,BETWEEN TWO (2) THUNDERSTORMS, ON A HEADING OF 200 DEGREES AND WAS NOT SEEN OR HEARD FROM AGAIN. (SEE TAB D STATEMENT 2). AT APPROXIMATELY 1800 HOURS 31 MAY 1970, DEAN OPERATIONS, (120TH AHC OPERATIONS) WAS NOTIFIED BY CAPITOR CENTER THAT DEAN 528 HAD NOT CONTINUED FLIGHT FOLLOWING WITH CAPITOL CENTER. AT THIS TIME A TELEPHONE AND RADIO SEARCH WAS INITIATED BY THE 120TH AVIATION COMPANY OPERATIONS OFFICER AND CONTINUED UNTIL 0130 HOURS, 1 JUNE 1970. AN AERIAL SEARCH WAS NOT INITIATED UNTIL 1000 HOURS 1 JUNE 1970 BECAUSE OF DARKNESS AND ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS. AT APPROXIMATELY 1000 HOURS THE 120TH AVIATION COMPANY LAUNCHED ONE (1) UH-1H HELICOPTER AND A LIGHT FIRE TEAM TO SEARCH FOR THE MISSING AIRCRAFT IN THE VICINITY OF LOC NINH. ADDITIONAL SEARCH AIRCRAFT WERE LAUNCHED BY THE 1ST AIR CAV DIVISION WHICH CONSISTED OF TWO (2) HUNTER KILLER TEAMS OUT OF QUAN LOI. A 1ST AIR CAV OH-6A FOUND THE MISSING AIRCRAFT AT APPROXIMATELY 1330 HOURS AT COORDINATES XU713054. THE DEAN UH-1H LANDED IN THE AREA AS SOON AS THE REGIONAL AND POPULAR FORCES WERE ABLE TO SECURE THE AREA. THE DEAN CREW REMOVED THE BODIES WHILE THE MAINTENANCE OFFICER MADE A SKETCH OF THE ACCIDENT SITE. DUE TO THE ONSET OF NIGHT FALL AND DETERIORATING WEATHER CONDITIONS, THE BODIES WERE FLOWN TO QUAN LOI AND THE 120TH SEARCH PARTY RETURNED TO LONG BINH. IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO SECURE THE AREA DURING THE HOURS OF DARKNESS BECAUSE OF THE LOCATION OF THE WRECKAGE,KNOWN VC ACTIVITY IN THE AREA AND THE NON-AVAILABILITY OF SECURITY FORCES.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:



Name: MAJ Benton Francis Asbury
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/31/70 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 37.3
Date of Birth: 02/23/33
Home City: New Albany, IN
Service: reserve component of the U.S. Air Force.
Service: U.S. Air Force.
The Wall location: 10W-123
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16528
SSN: 317302623
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: *
Started Tour: 02/17/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 16
Location: Binh Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
This record was last updated on 09/28/97


Name: LTC John Sidney Bonner, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/31/70 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 48.7
Date of Birth: 09/01/21
Home City: Mc Allen, TX
Service: regular component of the U.S. Air Force.
Service: U.S. Air Force.
The Wall location: 10W-123
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16528
SSN: 703180390
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: *
Started Tour: 07/27/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 26
Location: Binh Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
This record was last updated on 09/28/97


Name: WO1 John Charles Burris (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/31/70 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 20.8
Date of Birth: 08/30/49
Home City: El Dorado, AR
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 120 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-17/69-15
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-123
Short Summary: Crashed (possibly wx related) while transporting an airfield inspection team from Loc Ninh back to Saigon.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16528
Call sign: DEAN 528
SSN: 416745588 Service number: W3166047
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 08/06/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Binh Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/27/97


Name: WO1 James Donald Griffin
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/31/70 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.9
Date of Birth: 07/03/45
Home City: Blackshear, GA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 120 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-41/69-39
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-124
Short Summary: Crashed (possibly wx related) while transporting an airfield inspection team from Loc Ninh back to Saigon.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16528
SSN: 253763003
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 01/20/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: *
Location: Binh Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/27/97


Name: CPT Gary Dean Hults
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/31/70 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 30.7
Date of Birth: 09/19/39
Home City: St Louis, MO
Service: regular component of the U.S. Air Force.
Service: U.S. Air Force.
The Wall location: 10W-125
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16528
SSN: 417503918
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: *
Started Tour: 02/10/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 06
Location: Binh Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
This record was last updated on 09/28/97


Name: PVT Robert Phillip O Brien
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/31/70 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 19.7
Date of Birth: 09/01/50
Home City: Whittier, CA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 120 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-126
Short Summary: Crashed (possibly wx related) while transporting an airfield inspection team from Loc Ninh back to Saigon.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16528
SSN: 562805746
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 12/13/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Binh Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead
This record was last updated on 08/27/97


Name: SP5 Bruce Richardson
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/31/70 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 21.5
Date of Birth: 11/30/48
Home City: Bellport, NY
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 120 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-127
Short Summary: Crashed (possibly wx related) while transporting an airfield inspection team from Loc Ninh back to Saigon.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16528
SSN: 066402832
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 11B10 = Infantryman
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 02/12/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Binh Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 08/27/97


Name: LTC Harold Joseph Shea
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/31/70 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 47.3
Date of Birth: 02/11/23
Home City: South Hadley Falls, MA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Air Force.
Service: U.S. Air Force.
The Wall location: 10W-127
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16528
SSN: 021163873
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: *
Started Tour: 12/03/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 26
Location: Binh Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
This record was last updated on 09/28/97


Name: SSG Durwyn Lee Wolf
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/31/70 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 26.1
Date of Birth: 04/15/44
Home City: Forest Park, IL
Service: regular component of the U.S. Air Force.
Service: U.S. Air Force.
The Wall location: 10W-129
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16528
SSN: 354365915
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: *
Started Tour: 11/05/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Binh Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
This record was last updated on 09/28/97

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16528
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 1269.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6912   1    1 WDFHAA HHC 520T BN34GP  VIETNAM                     RVN
7001  87   88 WAYBAA 120 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN
7002  93  181 WAYBAA 120 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN
7003  66  247 WAYBAA 120 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN
7004  83  330 WAYBAA 120 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN
7005  81  411 WAYBAA 120 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN


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