Eiler, Linden Dale, Jr., CPL

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Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 11B10, 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion (ASHB)/C Company
Service Years
1967 - 1968


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Casualty Date
Apr 25, 1968
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Shrock Cemetery - Peru, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
52E 004

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1st Cavalry DivisionU.S. Army228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion (ASHB)/C Company
  1968-1968, 11B10, 1st Cavalry Division/HHC
  1968-1968, 11B10, 11th Aviation Group
  1968-1968, 11B10, 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion (ASHB)/C Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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A Note from The Virtual Wall
When CH-47A tail number 66-19080 departed Camp Evans on 25 April to pick up a downed UH-1 via a sling lift she carred her normal aircrew, maintenance personnel, and two air cargo specialists from the 561st Trans Co who would rig the sling. The location was northeast of the A Shau Valley, about 14 kilometers due north of A Luoi village.
Once the sling was rigged the CH-47 came to a hover overhead so it could be connected to the sling. As it hovered, the aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed, killing four crewmen and injuring others - but as it turned out the two cargo specialists weren't killed when 66-19080 went down.

Later that day, at 1915H (7:15 pm local time), a UH-1 was "observed flying over an ARVN ground engagement with NVA. Hit by enemy fire, descending in flames. Received more enemy fire while descending, with main rotor head and transmission separating prior to impact. A/C hit flat and was totally consumed by fire."

The 1st Battalion, 26th Marines was tasked to respond to the downed aircraft and by 10 pm had airlifted a platoon to the crash site. A preliminary search failed to find any survivors, and the Marines established a defensive perimeter around the aircraft while awaiting sunrise. At 0930 26 April the 1/26 Marines reported they had identified the aircraft as BuNo 154761, found a pilot's kneepad with the name "Cawley" on it, and recovered six bodies from the wreckage. The six bodies subsequently were identified as four aircrewmen from Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6) and two soldiers: SP4 Joseph Burkes and PFC Ronald J. Campbell, 561st Trans Co. The two men apparently had obtained a lift from the Marines in order to get to Quang Tri Airfield.

Ten men died in the two separate incidents:

In UH-1E BuNo 154761, 11 kilometers east-northeast of Quang Tri Airfield: 

Capt James P. Cawley, Scranton, PA, VMO-6, pilot
1stLt Robert C. Kimmel, East Islip, NY, VMO-6, copilot
Pfc Edgar C. Laye, Chicago, IL, VMO-6, crewman
Pfc Brock R. Schramm, San Carlos, CA, VMO-6, crewman
SP4 Joseph Burkes, Detroit, MI, 561st Trans Co, passenger
PFC Ronald J. Campbell, Philadelphia, PA, 561st Trans Co, passenger

In CH-47A 66-19080, 25 kilometers southwest of Camp Evans Airfield: 

SP5 Bolen P. McGee, Osceola, AR, C Co, 228th ASHB
CPL Linden D. Eiler, Peru, IN, C Co, 228th ASHB
CPL Jerry D. McManus, Atlanta, LA, C Co, 228th ASHB
PFC Kenneth H. Delp, Los Angeles, CA, C Co, 228th ASHB 

Nine of the ten men appear in Lines 3 through 11 of Panel 52E of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial. By error, PFC Delp's name appears on Panel 06E, which contains the names of men who died on and between 10 March 1966 and 26 April 1966.
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 52E 004

Service #  55943847 

Start of Tour  02/12/1968 

CPL Linden IT. EILER Jr., was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Linden D. EILER Sr., Rural Route #2, Box #263, Peru
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