Clough, Kenneth Richard, WO1

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Last Rank
Warrant Officer 1
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
062B-Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 062B, 13th Aviation Battalion/336th Assault Helicopter Company
Service Years
1965 - 1969

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

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Home State
New Mexico
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Date
Jan 07, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Chuong Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
35W 046

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  1968-1969, 062B, 13th Aviation Battalion/336th Assault Helicopter Company
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Bailey  Nelson
best friend
po box 425 cedar crest nm 87008 usa
Thank you, buddy
Sure do miss you, fighting buddy. You always watched my back. I was totally knocked when I called your mom years ago and she told me you didn't make it. Thank you for busting your gut to protect all of the people that didn't go. I still think of you really often. My only regret is that I didn't know you longer. Man, we sure had fine times when we could run together. I couldn't ask for a better friend. Thanks, Bud. I'm so, so sorry. You were better than that. Bailey
Jun 9, 2009
  "New Mexico...Land of Enchantment!"
  One of the funniest guys I ever met. Used to crack us up with his stock phrase "New MEH-hee-co....lahnd of en-SHANT-ment!"
Rest in peace Ken.
Posted by: Charlie Ambrosi
Relationship: Classmate
Wednesday, January 20, 1999
  A Flight School Roommate
  In the picture, that's Ken on the right. Taken in December, 1968 about 2 weeks prior to his death.

I met Ken as a "snowbird" at Ft. Wolters, and we were in the same pre-flight barracks, then roommates on the "Hill" while in primary flight training. After graduation at Ft. Rucker, we both shipped out and got assigned to the 336 AHC at Soc Trang, Vietnam. That was in October. He died while on his very first mission as a gunship co-pilot.

Charles is right. Ken had a wonderful sense of humor and could laugh at all the crazy stuff they had us do while in flight school, never getting upset about it. And his reputation as a ladies man was fully deserved. They were always climbing out of the woodwork.

He and I were very close and he was like a second brother to me. His death hit me very hard and his loss is still felt to this day. I miss you Ken. If any of his family see this note, please contact me.
Posted by: Paul Christiansen
Relationship: Flight school/serving in 'Nam
Saturday, April 19, 2003
  Lost fishing pole
  Ken & myself as kids, his dad & my dad went fishing on the upper Rio Grande. Ken (he was called Kenny then) dropped his fly rod in the river and down the river it went, pole, reel and line, never to be seen again.

Ken's sister, Janet Clough Chapman, still lives in Albuquerque with her husband and son.

In two days, Jan 7, 2009, will mark the 40th anniversary of his death.

His dad, Prof. Richard Clough of University of New Mexico, and a WWII Navy veteran, was never the same after Ken was killed.
Posted by: John Lloyd
Relationship: Our fathers were close friends
Monday, January 5, 2009


Click here for more information about this incident Name: WO1 Kenneth Richard Clough
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/07/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.9
Date of Birth: 02/26/1947
Home City: Albuquerque, NM
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 336 AHC
Major organization: other
Flight class: 68-15/68-25
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 35W-046
Short Summary: Shot and killed flying B model gunship for T-Birds out of Soc Trang.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15034
Call sign: T-Birds
Service number: W3161847
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 10/29/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Chuong Thien Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/20/1996

Helicopter UH-1C 66-15034

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15034
The Army purchased this helicopter 0267
Total flight hours at this point: 00000472
Date: 01/07/1969
Incident number: 69010707.KIA
Unit: 336 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Recon mission for Armed Recon
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at 0100 feet and 085 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 14 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM, 12.7MM)
Casualties = 01 KIA, 01 WIA . .
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft took off, fully flight capable.
The aircraft was diverted or delayed after completing some mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P3, 00701 ()

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This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
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