Cook, Donald Warren, CW2

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
100B-Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 100B, 214th Aviation Battalion
Service Years
1961 - 1970

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Chief Warrant Officer 2


Two Service Stripes


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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1941
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Avilla
Last Address
Avilla

Casualty Date
Mar 28, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Bien Hoa
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Christian Union Cemetery - Garrett, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12W 051

 Official Badges 

1st Aviation Brigade


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1970, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Photo Album   (More...


 Ribbon Bar

Aviator Badge (Basic)


 
 Unit Assignments
10th Aviation Battalion/135th Assault Helicopter Company 164th Aviation Group1st Aviation Brigade214th Aviation Battalion
  1969-1970, 100B, 10th Aviation Battalion/135th Assault Helicopter Company
  1969-1970, 100B, 164th Aviation Group
  1969-1970, 100B, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1970, 100B, 214th Aviation Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15244 

Incident number: 700328051ACD Accident case number: 700328051


AIRCRAFT 68-15244 DEPARTED THE REFUELING AREA WITH 1200 LBS OF FUEL AT BEAR CAT ON A 90 DAY STANDARDIZATION RIDE.

THE INSTRUCTOR PILOT WAS CW-2 CLEMONS AND THE PILOT WAS WO-1 COOK. THEY PROCEEDED TO THE FAC STRIP WHICH IS LOCATED AT BEAR CAT AND CW-2 CLEMONS PROCEEDED TO ADMINISTER THE STANDARDIZATION FLIGHT.
THE FLIGHT WAS NORMAL UNTIL ON DOWN WIND AT AN ALTITUDE OF 600 FEET CW-2 CLEMONS ATTEMPTED TO GIVE A PRACTICE HYDRAULICS FAILURE. IMMEDIATELY AFTER TURNING OFF THE HYDRAULICS SWITCH THE RIGHT FUEL BOOST PUMP LIGHT CAME ON, FOLLOWED BY THE ENGINE DRIVEN FUEL PUMP LIGHT, THE ENGINE FAILED AND WO-1 COOK PUT THE AIRCRAFT INTO AUTOROTATION WITH AN AIRSPEED OF 60 KNOTS. THEY WERE OVER RELATIVELY FLAT TERRAIN WITH BRUSH 10-12 FEET TALL.

WO-1 COOK ATTEMPTED TO LAND ON A NARROW DIRT ROAD RUNNING THROUGH THE BRUSH, BUT COULD NOT REACH THE ROAD AND TOUCHED DOWN ON A HEADING OF 310 DEGREES WITH A HARD RIGHT SKID AND NOSE LOW ATTITUDE IN THE BRUSH 5 FEET SHORT OF THE ROAD. (SEE TAB 9 # 3).
THE AIRCRAFT BOUNCED INTO THE AIR AND ROLLED TO THE LEFT AND LANDED INVERTED BURSTING INTO FLAMES UPON IMPACT. CW-2 CLEMONS ESCAPED FROM THE BURNING AIRCRAFT WITH 2ND DEGREE BURNS OVER 88% OF HIS BODY AND WALKED DOWN THE DIRT ROAD A DISTANCE OF APPROXIMATELY 400-500 METERS TO THE MAIN ROAD LEADING FROM BEAR CAT.
HE WAS SPOTTED BY A UH-1 HELICOPTER AND IMMEDIATELY EVACUATED TO THE 93RD EVACUATION HOSPITAL AT LONG BINH, RVN.
A POST FIRE TRUCK ARRIVED AT THE SCENE OF THE CRASH 30 MINUTES AFTER THE CRASH, AFTER IT HAD BEEN ALERTED BY A TOWER OPERATOR AT BEAR CAT. THE TOWER OPERATOR, SGT HAINES, HEARD TWO MAY DAY CALLS OVER THE RADIO BUT DID NOT SEE THE AIRCRAFT IN FLIGHT BUT COULD SEE THE SMOKE AND FLAMES AT THE CRASH SITE.
THE BODY OF WO-1 COOK WAS REMOVED FROM THE WRECKAGE AT 1355 HOURS 28 MARCH 1970. 

135th Assualt Helicopter Company Vietnam

   
Comments/Citation
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 12W 051

Service #   311368570

Start of Tour   06/04/1969
   
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