Herndon, Arthur Robert, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 158th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter)
Service Years
1957 - 1969

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1939
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ft Worth, TX
Last Address
Ft Worth, TX

Casualty Date
Dec 21, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Greenwood Cemetery - Ft. Worth, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
15W 078

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 Unit Assignments
Primary Helicopter Center and School (Staff)101st Airborne Division 158th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter)/C Company5th Infantry Division
101st Aviation Group158th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter)
  1967-1968, Primary Helicopter Center and School (Staff)
  1969-1969, 101st Airborne Division
  1969-1969, 158th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter)/C Company
  1969-1969, 5th Infantry Division
  1969-1969, 101st Aviation Group
  1969-1969, 158th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter)
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  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
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Name: CPT Arthur Robert Herndon
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 12/21/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 30.3
Date of Birth: 08/19/1939
Home City: Ft Worth, TX
Service: SC branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/158 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 5th Infantry Division
Flight class: 68-6
Service: SC branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 15W-078
Short Summary: With WO1 Thomas L. Forsythe and SP4 David L. Eggleston. Crew chief SP4 Amos survived.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16517
Call sign: Phoenix
Service number: O5326902
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 02/21/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 12
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/1995
 

   
Comments/Citation
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 15W 078

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16517
The Army purchased this helicopter 0667
Total flight hours at this point: 00001471
Date: 12/21/1969
Incident number: 69122111.KIA
Unit: C/158 AVN
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YD024638
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P WO1 FORSYTHE THOMAS LYNN KIA
P CPT HERNDON ARTHUR ROBERT KIA
G SP4 EGGLESTON DAVID LEROY KIA
CE SP4 AMOS RES

Passengers and/or other participants:
SP4 BARBER DAVID LEON, AR, PX, KIA
SP4 BURKE ROY JEFFREY, AR, PX, KIA
SP4 DEAN JAMES HOWARD, AR, PX, KIA
SSG DOWD THOMAS JOSEPH, AR, PX, KIA
PFC SINCLAIR GARY PHILIP, AR, PX, KIA
 

This record was last updated on 03/03/2000
 

While serving as the commander of the 266th FA Detachment, a target acquisition and intelligence unit, I had the privilege of meeting CPT Herndon. As my unit was small, we were normally attached to a larger command for such things as rations, rear-area billeting, mail and other logistics. My unit was attached to the 2nd Bn, 319th FA Bn., 101st Airborne Division, with its base camp at Camp Evans. As was the case with many junior officers, I was assigned additional duties as an aerial and forward observer. My aerial call sign was "Gunners Eye." I met CPT Herndon (and, in my mind, I recall other officers referring to him "Bob," although, as a First Lieutenant, I referred to him simply "sir." CPT Herndon shared a sea hut with CPT Dick Mestrich (the battalion doctor who was a humorous, caring and compassionate man), another captain who was commanding a battery on Fire Base Airborne (and whose name I cannot recell even though I can see his face clearly) and me. I believe there was also another Lieutenant assigned to the sea hut, but I cannot be accurate or certain. Our "hootch" was next to the chaplains' hootch, near the shower and just above (there was a small slope) our newly-completed officer's club. I don't remember CPT Herndon's assignment within the command. It occurs to me he may well have been the S-3/Operations officer, but I can't be sure. Of there things, however, I can be absolutely certain. CPT Herndon was one of the finest officers with whom I have ever had the privilege of serving. I recall him as a lanky man with a almost shy manner of smiling. One could almost expect him to say "shucks" on occasion. He was a mentor, counselor and friend to me, often offering me advice on how to be a good officer. I vividly remember every single detail of the events which occurred on December 21st of 1969, the evening CPT Herndon was killed-in-action. As one of the on-orders Aerial Observers for the 101st Airborne Division, missions such as this one belonged to me. The results are that Captain Herndon's name is on the Wall and mine isn't. There are many aspects of this event which are too hard to set down here in writing. For his family, and I seem to recall he had young children when he was killed-in-action, the least I can tell you is that I owe my life to this officer. Looking back over 30 years, the pain of losing CPT Herndon is as fresh as it was then. What I can also tell you is that Captain Herndon was a great and good man in my eyes and the eyes of many others. I can see that smile of his and hear his laughter. Surely God welcomed him into Heaven and gave him angel's wings. If it were in my power, I would gladly go back in time and fly that mission instead of Captain Herndon so that he might be with you now. I am deeply sorry I can't do that. I can only hope the knowledge of just how fine an officer, gentleman and human being Captain Herndon was in the eyes of those of us who served with him will offer you some scant comfort.
Posted by: K. Douglas Cook
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Saturday, August 31, 2002
 

I WAS ON THE RADIO W/CAPT.HERNDON THAT NIGHT.WAS WAITING FOR FIRE MISSION. WHILE MAJOR BRENNAN WAS PRESSING ME TO GET RESPONSE FROM CAPT. WE DID NOT GET ANY. ON BLUE LEG RADIO THE CALL CAME. CAPT.'S CHOPPER HIT BY RPG.
TO HIS CHILDREN:
YOUR FATHER WAS TOPS. NOT YOUR TYPICAL OFFICER. HE LED BY EXAMPLE. ON THAT NIGHT WE SMOKED CIGARS THAT CAPT. PASSED OUT TO CELIBRATE HIS CHILD'S BIRTH. TO THIS DAY I MOURN YOUR FATHERS PASSING.EVERY NIGHT IN MY DREAMS THE EVENTS OF THAT NIGHT WAKE ME. THE BROKEN SQUELCH OF THAT BLUE LEG RADIO HAUNTS ME.LIKE CAPT.COOK I WISH I WOULD HAVE GONE INSTEAD OF HIM. BE PROUD. KNOW THAT THOSE THAT SERVED WITH HIM, LOVED HIM.
Posted by: JOHNSON, C.
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Friday, March 22, 2002
 
   
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