Griffin, David Scott, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 11B10, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1965 - 1967

Specialist 4



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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tampa
Last Address
Tampa

Casualty Date
Oct 26, 1967
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Dinh Tuong (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28E 074

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 Unit Assignments
13th Aviation Battalion114th Aviation Company (AHC)1st Aviation Brigade
  1966-1967, 11B10, 13th Aviation Battalion
  1966-1967, 11B10, 114th Aviation Company (AHC)
  1966-1967, 11B10, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Last Name GRIFFIN
Given Names DAVID SCOTT

Date of Birth 19470411 04/11/1947
Service A Army
Component R Regular
Rank SP4 Specialist Fourth Class
Grade and posthumous promotion E4
Service Occupation 11B20 Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY)
Actual Date of Casualty
Actual Date of Death 19671026 10/26/1967
Tour Date 660312 03/12/1966
Posthumous decoration
Casualty Type C3 Non-Hostile, Died While Missing
Reason B Air Loss, Crash - Land
Air no Air 5 Helicopter - Crew
Body Recovered
Country VS South Vietnam
Province 30 Dinh Tuong
Casualty Location
 
1 AVN BDE114TH AHC
Major command, eg division or brigade 1st Avn Bde 1
Company/battery/troop or similar level unit 114th Aviation Co
Battalion or similar level unit 13th Aviation Bn 1
Regiment, ROAD Delta Prov Grp

Home of Record City TAMPA
Home of Record State Code Florida
Panel 28E
Line 74

DAVID SCOTT GRIFFIN
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Army Aircrew

Combat Infantry

Air Medal (22 OLC), National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

Army - SP4 - E4
Age: 20
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Apr 11, 1947
From: TAMPA, FL
Religion:
Marital Status: Single
SP4 - E4 - Army - Regular

Length of service 2 years
His tour began on Mar 12, 1966
Casualty was on Oct 26, 1967
In DINH TUONG, SOUTH VIETNAM
Non-Hostile, died missing, HELICOPTER - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered

 
   
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Ann Griffin Lambeth (Photo Credit)
al_lamb@bellsouth.net
Sister
My Big Brother
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David was the spark in our family for he loved action. He always had a glint in his eyes and a natural charming smile. A close friend who served with him wrote to me the following: "G" was a great friend and a man's man. In a unit that took pride in their "toughness", without a doubt - "G" was the "toughest" soldier I have ever known. David, till we meet again. Your little sister, Ann
Thursday, March 03, 2005
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(Second Photo) Herbert Rand, David Griffin, Gerald Slingerland

We were a family of five. Dad was a Chief Pharmacists Mate in the Navy during WWII serving in the Atlantic on the destroyer escort, USS INCH (DE-146). After the war, our parents moved to Tampa where they later owned the Seminole Pharmacy. After David graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1965, our father gave David two options: college or the military. David enlisted in the Army.

David was an endearing charismatic fellow who liked playing his guitar and getting together with his buddies to play poker and billiards. Being protective of his little sister, he wouldn't let his friends date me, "My friends are like me, and I won't let anyone like me date my sister". My friends thought he was a hunk.

Even though we knew every day held a danger to his life, news of David's death ripped the spark from our lives. The insanity of war touched our family. Fortunately he had come home for a month's R&R the previous June to see me graduate. One late night, in tears, he told me, "I don't want to come back. I have seen and done far too much for a young person of my age, which isn't right. There isn't anything left for me to do in life." Adjusting to civilian life was too difficult. People would ask if he had killed anyone. I never asked (he was a gunner), and he didn't tell. When he got on the plane to head back to Viet Nam, he didn't look back at us. He only had one month left of his tour when he valiantly died.

What is tragic is a faulty nut caused his copter to crash in a rice paddy, killing all four on board on October 26, 1967. He was only twenty. According to an eyewitness, though they were in a non-combat zone, they were receiving fire from behind. When the pilot spun the aircraft around to shoot back, the blade retention nut on the main rotor cracked from the stress causing the aircraft to spin out of control, crash, and burn in a rice paddy. They were probably dead before the ship hit the ground. The centrifugal force of the pivoting copter likely broke their necks. Knowing they didn't suffer much was a great comfort to us.
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David's funeral was impressive for so many people came to show their regards. The somber ride to the cemetery became special when the motorcycle escort stopped a train and held the armguard up allowing the long trail of cars to cross the tracks. This officer's action symbolized respect for a fallen soldier.
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HEADQUARTERS
1ST AVIATION BRIGADE

GENERAL ORDERS NUMBER
1158

1 May 1967

Awarded: Air Medal (Fourth Oak Leaf Cluster) with "V" Device
Date action: 15 February 1967
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For heroism while engaged in aerial flight in connection with military operations against a hostile force:

Specialist Griffin distinguished himself by his heroic actions on 15 February 1967 in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Griffin was serving as a crew member of a transport helicopter participating in airborne assaults against a well entrenched Viet Cong unit. The initial assault landed the Vietnamese Rangers unit in an area surrounded by insurgents in fortified positions. Immediately the extremely intense enemy fire downed six helicopters. Unhesitantly he volunteered to fly into the enemy's murderous fire to rescue the downed positions. All during the many medical evacuation missions, Specialist Griffin courageously fought to allow extractions of the numerous wounded. Completing these missions, he immediately volunteered to participate in several extraction missions. Throughout the day Specialist Griffin's determination and devotion to duty saved many lives and allowed the completion of his many missions. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

An oak leaf cluster represents more than twenty-five aerial missions over hostile territory in support of counterinsurgency operations. David posthumously received a total of 22 oak leaf clusters.

Helicopter UH-1C 66-00514


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00514
The Army purchased this helicopter 0766
Total flight hours at this point: 00000971
Date: 10/26/1967
Incident number: 671026011ACD Accident case number: 671026011 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 114 AHC
South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 4 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 503679
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC WO1 HUNT SAMUEL L KIA
P WO1 BENTSON RUSSEL DEAN KIA
CE SP4 SLINGERLAND GERALD HOWARD KIA
G SP4 GRIFFIN DAVID SCOTT KIA


Accident Summary:

The aircraft crashed in a rice paddy and burned. The blade retention nut on the main rotor cracked and failed.

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