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WO1 Allen Perkins was a 22 year old U.S. Army Soldier who was killed while serving during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the 118th Assault Helicopter Company, 145th Aviation Battalion, 12th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade. He had served in Vietnam for nine months.
On the morning of 24 Nov 1969 eight Hueys from the 118th Assault Helicopter Company departed Spartan Heliport enroute Xuan Loc to support an air assault by elements of the 199th Infantry Brigade. As the flight passed north of Plantation Airfield, about 6 kilometers east-northeast of Bien Hoa, the number two aircraft's main rotor struck that of the lead aircraft. The rotor strike proved catastrophic for UH-1D tail number 65-12863; its rotor and transmission separated from the aircraft and it crashed and burned. Although the only passenger aboard leaped from the aircraft immediately before ground impact, four aircrewmen were killed in the incident:
WO Allen D. Perkins, West Linn, OR, pilot;
WO Charles J. Armstrong, Lutherville, MD, copilot;
SP4 Raul R. Barrera, Newark, CA, crew chief; and
SP4 Michael F. Gonzales, Glenwood Springs, CO, gunner.
The pilot of the second Huey was able to retain marginal control of his aircraft and crash-landed without significant injury to the crew.
WO1 Perkins is buried at Mt. View Cemetery, Oregon City,Oregon - Plot: Section C, Blk 1, Lot 22, Grave A.