Laidler, Ernest Hammond, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67N20-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 67N20, C Company, 229th Aviation Battalion
Service Years
1969 - 1970

Specialist 4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Abington, MA
Last Address
Abington, MA

Casualty Date
Sep 26, 1970
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Long Khanh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mount Vernon Cemetery - Abington, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07W 093

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Aviation Badge (Basic)

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  1970, 5th Battalion, 3rd Training Brigade (Fort Dix, NJ), E/21
 Unit Assignments
229th Aviation Battalion11th Aviation Group
  1970-1970, 67N20, C Company, 229th Aviation Battalion
  1970-1970, 67N20, HHC, 11th Aviation Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
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Last Known Activity

The Mission

On 26 September C Company, 229th Aviation Battalion, launched five UH-1 helicopters on a formation flight from Bien Hoa to Fire Support Base Green. The aircraft formed up in a "V" formation and climbed through an overcast to visual flight conditions on top at 4,000 feet ASL. While enroute, the flight leader (WO Bauer in UH-1H 68-16123) directed a spread formation for the purpose of conducting aircraft checks. UH-1H 68-15648 was in left echelon on the flight lead. During the checks, 68-15648 accelerated forward and drifted right, impacting the lead aircraft's tail boom. Both aircraft departed controlled flight and disappeared into the clouds, impacting the ground about 250 meters apart. All eight crewmen died in the crash:

    Aboard UH-1H tail number 68-16123:
        WO1 Robert Ernest Bauer, aircraft commander and flight lead
        1LT Warren Stephen Lawson, copilot
        SP5 Douglas Mead Woodland, crew chief
        SP4 Robert Albert Painter, Jr., gunner

    Aboard UH-1H tail number 68-15648:
        WO1 Mark Richard Holtom, aircraft commander
        CPT Francis Jordan Sullivan, copilot
        SGT Donald Allen Hall, Jr., crew chief
        SP4 Ernest Hammond Laidler, gunner


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