Allard, Richard Michael, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67N20-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 67N20, 119th Aviation Company (AHC), 52nd Aviation Battalion
Service Years
1957 - 1967

Sergeant First Class


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State of Birth
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Vietnam Veterans MemorialNational League of POW/MIA FamiliesThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, National League of POW/MIA Families
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry


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Last Known Activity

On August 24, 1967, pilot WO Dayton Witherall, aircraft commander WO Richard N. Morrison, gunner SP4 Richard L. Holtzman, crew chief SP4 Richard M. Allard, and passengers 2LT Kenneth B. Goff, 2LT Richard J. Schell, SMAJ John R. Ulp, 1LT Sterling A. Wall, and Miss Cynthia Colburn were aboard a UH-1C helicopter (serial #66-12526) which departed Polei Kleng, South Vietnam to Plei Krong, South Vietnam on a combat support liaison mission. The 4th Infantry, with the assistance of the 25th Infantry Division and 1st Cavalry (Airmobile), was at that time conducting an operation called Paul Revere IV, a continuing effort near the Cambodian border of Pleiku Province. The UH1H flying over Pleiku Province that day in August 1966 was flying out of Pleiku, where its crew and passengers were stationed. (NOTE: While the U.S. Army and describes the flight mission as combat-related, it also acknowledges that Ms. Colburn was on the aircraft, a situation which was "illegal", as women serving in Vietnam were not supposed to be placed in combat situations. It is not clear in public record why she was on the aircraft, although Phyllis Allard, Richard Allard's mother, has said that the aircraft was carrying passengers enroute from a hospital and that Colburn was a Red Cross worker.) During the flight, the pilot elected to fly low-level along the Dak Bla River. While attempting a 180 degree turn, the aircraft failed to recover and was caught in a severe downdraft and crashed into the Krong Bo Lah River in about 10 feet of water at a point where the current was swift and the water was deep. (NOTE: loss coordinates place the site of loss unquestionably on the Se San River about 15 miles southwest of the city of Kontum, and about 28 miles due south of the city of Dak To. Just south of Dak To is the juncture of the Se San and another river. Whether at this juncture the two rivers have other names cannot be determined with materials on hand at the time of this writing. Information provided by family members states that the aircraft landed in the "bottomless, rapid Boc River called Dak Bla".) Rescue helicopters arrived 10 - 45 minutes after the crash and rescued WO Morrison, WO Witherall, Ms. Colburn and SMAJ Ulp, after their having been swept several hundred feet downstream. 2LT Goff, SP4 Allard and 2LT Schell were not seen by any of the survivors after the crash. SP4 Holtzman was seen by WO Morrison, who stated that Holtzman was wearing a flight jacket, armor plate, and a flak jacket, and called out to Morrison that he could not swim. WO Morrison stated that Holtzman drifted away in the swift current before he could help him. Later searches of the area revealed several pieces of debris, but the aircraft itself was not found. In September, Lt. Wall's body was retrieved from the river. Searches were conducted through December 26, but neither the aircraft nor the four missing men aboard it were found. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]


SFC Allard served as the crew chief of a UH-1C helicopter (serial #66-12526) that crashed into a river. He was dropped from the Rolls in 1978, but he remains MIA.  Duty status Unknown.
   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
17th Aviation Group119th Aviation Company (AHC), 52nd Aviation Battalion
  1967-1967, 67N20, 17th Aviation Group
  1967-1967, 67N20, 119th Aviation Company (AHC), 52nd Aviation Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
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