Plate, James Richard, SP 5

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Last Rank
Specialist 5
Last Primary MOS
67N10-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 67N10, 52nd Aviation Battalion/119th Assault Helicopter Company
Service Years
1968 - 1969
Specialist 5



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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Huron
Last Address
Huron

Casualty Date
Nov 26, 1969
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Restlawn Memory Gardens - Huron, South Dakota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
16W 125

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 Unit Assignments
1st Aviation Brigade52nd Aviation Battalion52nd Aviation Battalion/119th Assault Helicopter Company
  1969-1969, 67N10, 1st Aviation Brigade
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  1969-1969, 67N10, 52nd Aviation Battalion
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Last Known Activity


Started Tour:  01/15/1969

Short Summary: During last sortie between LZ Tape and LZ Teg, crashed because of bad weather.

Aircraft: UH-1H tail number
68-15684

Primary cause: A/C Accident

Compliment cause: fire or burns

This record was last updated on 07/29/1995


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Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15684
Incident number: 691126241ACD Accident case number: 691126241
The station for this helicopter was An Khe in South Vietnam
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:

P CPT KUHNKE WILLIAM ANDREW KIA
P CW2 DAVIS EDWARD THOMSON JR KIA
CE  (Crew Chief) SP5 PLATE JAMES RICHARD KIA
G SP4 BADOSTAIN TIMOTHY ERNEST KIA


Accident Summary:


AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, CPT KUHNKE AND HIS CREW WERE ATTEMPTING TO COMPLETE ONE LAST SORTIE OF NONCOMBAT MATERIAL FROM LZ TAPE TO LZ TEG. THE PAD NCOIC LOCATED AT LZ TAPE HAD REQUESTED WO1 SHERMAN, WHO WAS PILOTING A/C 721 OF THE 119TH AHC TO TAKE THIS LAST SORTIE TO LZ TEG PRIOR TO BEING RELEASED. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER REFUSED TO TAKE THIS LAST SORTIE TO LZ TEG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER. AT THIS TIME THE PAD NCOIC WAS INFORMED BY CPT KUHNKE, WHO WAS PILOTING A/C 684, THAT HE WOULD ATTEMPT TO COMPLETE THIS LAST SORTIE FOR HIM. WO SHERMAN THEN REQUESTED THAT CPT KUHNKE REMAIN ON THE GROUND AT LZ TAPE UNTIL HE, IN A/C 721 COULD MAKE A WEATHER CHECK OF 44S LOCATION. JUST AS WO SHERMAN REACHED THE CREST OF THE HILL HE HEARD CPT KUHNKE CALL OFF OF LZ TAPE FULLY LOADED. LZ TEG POPPED A FLARE FOR WO SHERMAN BUT HE WAS UNABLE TO SPOT IT DUE TO THE LOW CEILINGS AND VISIBILITIES, SO HE TURNED AWAY. CPT HUHNKE BROKE IN OF FM AND INFORMED THE PEOPLE AT LZ TEG THAT HE WOULD TRY TO MAKE IT IN. WO SHERMAN HAD CPT HUHNKE IN SIGHT UNTIL HE FLEW BEHIND OR INTO SOME CLOUDS. CPT KUHNKE KEPT CALLING AND ASKING THE PEOPLE AT LZ TEG IF THEY COULD SEE HIM. THE GROUND PERSONNEL AT LZ TEG TOLD THE ACCIDENT BOARD THAT AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT THE WEATHER AT THEIR LOCATION WAS ZERO CEILING WITH NO MORE THAN 20 FEET VISIBILITY. THE GROUND PERSONNEL KEPT DIRECTING CPT KUHNKE NORTH EVEN THOUGH THE WEATHER WAS BELOW MINIMUMS. THEY DID NOT HAVE CPT KUHNKE IN SIGHT DURING THESE COURSE CORRECTIONS. CPT KUHNKE THEN REQUESTED A LONG COUNT. HE WAS CONTACTED BY WO SHERMAN ON UHF AT THIS TIME TELLING HIM TO GET OUT OF THAT LOCATION. NO REPLY WAS RECEIVED BY WO SHERMAN SO HE ATTEMPTED THE SAME CALL ON FM. APPROXIMATELY 2 MINUTES LATER WO SHERMAN HEARD OVER FM "I CAN'T SEE A DAMN THING" THEN SILENCE. FINALLY THE CONTROL AT LZ TAPE CALLED WO SHERMAN AND INFORMED HIM THAT CPT KUHNKE HAD CRASHED INTO THE TREES.\\

This record was last updated on 05/25/1998

 


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Date posted on this site: 06/20/2012

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