Glover made it all the way back to the 71st, despite the fact the chopper was falling apart, and as soon as they landed, BJ was rushed inside to the emergency surgery room. A few moments later, a nurse came outside to where Glover and Talmadge stood waiting, with tear filled eyes, announced CWO Brian Devaney was dead! The Doctor at the 71st Evac Hospital, explained to the crew that a remnant of a large caliber round had come through the side of BJ’s Chicken Plate, and bounced back into his body, striking his heart. The Doctor told them that BJ had died nearly instantly. Talmadge argued that the later was not true, he sworn he had felt a pulse while he was giving BJ CPR in the helicopter on the way to the 71st. Hoffman argued that he had seen BJ remove his flight glasses shortly after lifting off from the LZ. Regardless, BJ was dead.
The death of Brian Devaney hit the unit hard, and many of us still have tremendous problems over his death. Not only was the brave pilot of the 170th well loved and respected, his flying the mission on the 30th, and therefore his death, was not suppose to have happened. When BJ was entering the LZ at The Bra, to retrieve the SF Team, he was supposed to be processing out of the 170th to return to the United States after 18 months of harrowing and courageous flying. His death was a direct result of practicing what he preached to all those pilots he had trained for the special 170th missions - "if you take them in, you bring them out. They are our responsibility, and that’s what we are all about!"