Leighton, Theodore Richard, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 1981, 13th Aviation Battalion/235th Aviation Company
Service Years
1968 - 1970

Field Artillery

First Lieutenant


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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
East Lansing
Last Address
East Lansing

Casualty Date
Jan 27, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
An Xugen (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Evergreen Cemetery - Lansing, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
14W 072

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Primary Helicopter Center and School (Staff)1st Aviation Brigade164th Aviation Group13th Aviation Battalion/235th Aviation Company
  1968-1969, Primary Helicopter Center and School (Staff)
  1970-1970, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1970, 1981, 164th Aviation Group
  1970-1970, 1981, 13th Aviation Battalion/235th Aviation Company
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Status: Killed In Action while performing the duty of Pilot.

Flight class: 69-34

Short Summary:
Flew into the ground on a gun run at night with pilot WO1 Wesley W. Carroll III.

Aircraft: AH-1G tail number
68-17039

Primary cause: A/C Accident

Started Tour: 01/12/1970


Additional information about this casualty:

Teddy "Skip" Leighton was one of my very best friends. For the record that 1-27-1970 night was his very first flight. Skip and I graduated college (Michigan State) in 1968. He had a military wedding that summer. I was in his "arch of steel". We had gone to basic together the summer before. I followed a month after him to Artillery School and then flight school. He graduated flight school just before me, but went on the "gun school". So we both arrived in Vietnam within weeks of each other. Skip was well liked and a "born officer" who once had a West Point opportunity until a minor finger injury kept him out. The irony was that he saw only one night of combat. I don't know how well his comrades from the 235th got to know him, but if they had any time to serve with him and get to know him, they would have found him a "stand up" guy!
Posted 37 years later by "just" one of his "many" best friends,
From: Captain Frederick W. Miller II, 335th AHC


married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty

This record was last updated on 06/11/2002

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Information on U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail number 68-17039

Total flight hours at this point: 00000154
Incident number: 700127291ACD Accident case number: 700127291 Total loss or fatality
The station for this helicopter was Can-Tho in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
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. )


Crew Members:

AC WO1 CARROLL WESLEY WOMBLE III KIA
P 1LT LEIGHTON THEODORE RICHARD KIA


Accident Summary:

 A. A LIGHT FIRE TEAM OF AH-1G COBRAS LED BY WO1 WEESLEY W. CARROLL UNDER THE CONTROL OF A COMMAND AND CONTROL UH-1 COMMANDED BY CPT ROGERS, WAS ENGAGED IN A NIGHT MISSION FORM CA MAU INTO THE U MINH FOREST. IMMEDIATELY AFTER TAKE-OFF WO1 CARROLL MADE CONTACT WITH CA MAU RADAR FOR VECTORS TO THE TARGET AREA AND WAS GIVEN A BLANKET CLEARANCE TO FIRE ALONG A MAJOR CANAL RUNNING NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST WHERE MANY LIGHTS AND INFRA-RED SIGHTINGS HAD BEEN REPORTED.\\ B. THE TEAM BEGAN THEIR OPERATION IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE FREE FIRE AREA. THEY WERE TO STRIKE TARGETS ALONG THE CANAL WORKING THEIR WAY DOWN TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST. THE TEAM HAD MADE STRIKES ON TWO TARGETS PRIOR TO THE ONE ENGAGED WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED.\\ C. AFTER THE FIRST TWO STRIKES, THE TEAM WAS PROCEEDING SOUTHEAST ALONG THE CANAL WHEN THEY OBSERVED SEVERAL BRIGHT FIRES NEAR COORDINATES WR014351. WO1 CARROLL BROKE LEFT AND COMMENCED A GUN RUN ON THESE TARGETS. THE WING MAN STATED THAT WO1 CARROLLFAILED TO MAKE A BREAK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RUN AND CRASHED INTO DENSE TREES. THE AIRCRAFT EXPLODED ON IMPACT.\\ D. THE COMMAND AND CONTROL AIRCRAFT IMMEDIATELY DROPPED FLARES AND DESCENDED ABOVE THE WRECKAGE, ORBITING FOR SOMTEIME. THE WING MAN AND STANDBY TEAM OF AH-1G'S FROM THE CA MAU REMAINED OVER THE CRASH SITE AND REPORTED NO SIGNS OF LIFE AROUND THE WRECKAGE.\\

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  • Best Friend Forever

    Posted on 11/11/16 - by Mark Bernstein
    "Skip" was my roommate at Wentworth Academy, my best friend, and role model. They don't come any better. I remember you always, you hold a special place in my heart, especially on this Veterans Day for your dedication and the sacrifice you made



   
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