Hebert, Frederick Conrad, WO1

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Last Rank
Warrant Officer 1
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
100B-Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1971-1971, 100B, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1970 - 1971

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Warrant Officer 1


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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1951
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Richmond
Last Address
Richmond

Casualty Date
Sep 30, 1971
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Tay Ninh
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Westhampton Memorial Park Cemetery - Richmond, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02W 031

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 Unit Assignments
117th Assault Helicopter Company220th Aviation Battalion12th Aviation Group1st Aviation Brigade
  1971-1971, 100B, 117th Assault Helicopter Company
  1971-1971, 100B, 220th Aviation Battalion
  1971-1971, 100B, 12th Aviation Group
  1971-1971, 100B, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1971 Vietnam War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Helicopter UH-1C 65-09458
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 65-09458
Unit: 117 AHC South Vietnam UTM grid coordinates: XT980865

Crew Members:
WO1 Thomas R. Stansbury [AC]
WO1 Frederick C. Hebert [CP]
SP4 Chris R. Behm [CE]
SP4 Ronald G. Ricks [G]

War Story:

Chris Behm, Tom's crew chief dreamed of the circumstances of their deaths days before and told several people. They were shot down in flames and crashed inverted as the dream but with Tom as Aircraft Commander instead of CPT Raber. The UH-1C was called Death's Orgasim. Tail number 458. from James F. Gardner, Sidewinder 4. The facts surrounding Tom's death affirmed the quality person and pilot he was. Tom was the aircraft commander of the second ship in a light fire team on the day of the occurrence. Scott Alwin was the commander of the lead ship and the fire team leader. The mission was to take them into Cambodia for the first time in several months. As they proceeded toward Cambodia, past Tay Ninh, they came under the fire of a 51 caliber machine gun. The aircraft Tom was piloting caught fire and they lost their engine. Tom's directions to the crew were overheard by virtue of the fact that when keying the mike to transmit on the intercom, he inadvertently keyed it all the way so as to transmit on the radio as well. Tom entered an auto-rotation and gave directions to his crew on the way down to use the fire extinguisher and put out the fire.

At approximately 300 to 500 feet, the tail boom of the aircraft failed and the aircraft went inverted and crashed. I was told that the non-pilot crew members jettisoned the aircraft at approximately 500 feet, presumably due to the intense heat. It is not believed that anyone survived. A recovery team was dispatched to recover whatever remnants remained, but was unable to acomplish their mission due to the reported heavy enemy weapon fire in the area. Upon my arrival at the scene of the accident shortly after it occurred, there was no evidence of any bodies visible as a result of the accident or by reason of enemy activity. In closing, I should relate one item as a matter of interest.

Tom Stansbury was the scheduling officer in our unit. On the day before the accident, I had been awarded an aircraft commander position and Tom, quite naturally, assigned me to fly the aircraft commander position of the second ship behind Scott Alwin. Captain Alwin recognized the mission to be a dangerous mission and suggested to Tom that he would prefer to have a more experienced aircraft commander on this mission. Tom came and talked to me about this and advised me that in view of the request he had scheduled himself to take the aircraft commander position in my stead. I have often thought about this turn of events and the influence of karma.
from Jim Wade, 17 Sep 92

This record was last updated on 08/18/2001
   
Comments/Citation
 
Angels Do Fly
Posted for: FREDERICK CONRAD HEBERT:

You will always be in our Hearts! We Love You!
Posted by: Patrick Hebert (Photo Credit)
Email:
Relationship: He is my brother
Tuesday, December 4, 2001

Gone but forever remembered and loved
Posted for: FREDERICK CONRAD HEBERT:

Frederick Conrad Hebert you will be forever remembered by those with whom you served in the air and on the ground. You were thought of as a friend and a true comrade-in-arms. Given to you is a level of true respect purchased with your life so I and others may live in freedom! I want you and others with you on September 30 1971 to know that the medic (Paul Marling) who recovered the remains is eternally grateful for saving his life! May GOD give to you a measure of eternal grace and peace and comfort. All glory be unto the king "Jesus Christ". Amen - The greatest memorial to a man is not always etched in stone but in the hearts of those who remember him.
Posted by: Ronald Hebert (2nd Photo Credit)
Email: rmhebert@comcast.net
Relationship: He is my brother
Tuesday, June 3, 2003
 
http://members.tripod.com/~ButlerC/ShoeBoxPhotos-USA/indexSB.html
Posted for: FREDERICK CONRAD HEBERT:
I found this info on the web and thought it would be appropriate to place it at the wall.

Fred piloted the Huey UH-1C helicopter flying with the U.S. Army's 117th Helicopter Assault Squadron under the call sign as " Sidewinder 4." On September 30, 1971 while escorting a resupply mission to a remote firebase in the Tay Ninh Province near Cambodia. They engaged the North Vietnamese Army and drew heavy fire, his aircraft "Death's Orgasim"(tail #458) was stuck by 51 mm machine gun fire. With the Huey mortally wounded, Fred and the crew were killed in action when it crashed. Recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross medal.

 
 
Posted by: Charles B Vance
Email: cbvance@msn.com
Relationship: Fellow Vet
Friday, September 3, 2004


 
   
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