Santos, Rene Anthony, 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
1967-1969, 67N10, 268th Aviation Battalion
Service Years
1967 - 1969
Specialist 5



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Antonio
Last Address
San Antonio

Casualty Date
Mar 21, 1969
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
San Fernando Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W 001

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 Unit Assignments
10th Aviation Battalion1st Aviation Brigade268th Aviation Battalion
  1967-1968, 67N10, 10th Aviation Battalion/61st Aviation Company
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  1967-1969, 67N10, 268th Aviation Battalion
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Last Known Activity

UNIT: 61ST AHC, 268TH AVN BN, 17TH AVN GRP, 1ST AVN BDE 

STARTED TOUR:  11/11/1967

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C  tail number 66-15130
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00001021
Date: 03/21/1969  
Incident number: 690321321ACD Accident case number: 690321321 Total loss or fatality Accident 
Unit: 61 AHC
The station for this helicopter was English               in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 4 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing     510415
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.  )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P  CPT BENICEWICZ RICHARD C KIA
P  1LT DALTON ROBERT ALAN KIA
CE SP5 SANTOS RENE ANTHONY KIA
G  SP4 STOCK DALE LOUIS KIA

Accident Summary:

 HELICOPTER ^UH-1C, 66-15130^ WAS SCHEDULED AS AN ALERT AIRCRAFT FOR THE NIGHT OF ^21 MARCH 1969^. THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN LOCATED AT THE ^CRAPTABLE (HELIPAD)^ AND READIED FOR THE MISSION. AT APPROXIMATELY ^1900^ HOURS A SCRAMBLE WAS CALLED. HELICOPTER ^UH-1C 66-15130^ WAS THE SECOND OF TWO AIRCRAFT THAT MADE UP A LIGHT FIRE TEAM. THE MISSION WAS TO SUPPORT ELEMENTS OF THE ^173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE^ THAT HAD COME IN CONTACT. AFTER STARTING THE AIRCRAFT AND PREPARING THE AIRCRAFT FOR TAKE-OFF, THE LEAD SHIP CALLED ^#66-15130^ AND ASKED IF THEY WERE UP. THE CREW REPLIED BY RADIO TRANSMISSION THAT THERE WOULD BE A DELAY AS THE TRANSMISSION OIL PRESSURE WAS READING ZERO AND THEY COULD NOT GET THE LIGHT OFF, AND THAT THEY WERE GOING TO HAVE TO GET IT CHECKED. NO MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL WERE CALLED TO THE AIRCRAFT OR NOTIFIED OF THE CONDITIONS. APPROXIMATELY TWO MINUTES LATER ^66-15130^ HOVERED INTO TAKE-OFF POSITION. AFTER CALLING THE TOWER FOR INSTRUCTIONS, THE LEAD SHIP DEPARTED. THE SECOND AIRCRAFT, ^66-15130^, DEPARTED BEHIND THE LEAD SHIP. AFTER TAKE-OFF, ^66-15130^ FLEW FOR APPROXIMATELY 30 SECONDS BEFORE CRASHING. WITNESSES STATED THAT THEY HEARD WHAT SEEMED TO BE AN ENGINE OVER-REV, THEN A WHOOSHING SOUND AS THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE AND MAST SEPARATED FROM THE AIRCRAFT. SOME WITNESSES STATED THAT THE AIRCRAFT BLEW UP IN FLIGHT. IT IS BELIEVED BY THIS BOARD THAT THEY SAW TE EXHAUST OF THE AIRCRAFT AS IT WAS FLYING SOUTH GOING AWAY FROM THE WITNESSES. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED APPROXIMATELY ONE QUARTER MILE FROM THE HELIPAD. THE APPEARANCE OF THE WRECKAGE INDICATED THAT THE AIRCRAFT SKIDS SCRAPED A DIKE AND THAT IT WAS IN A NOSE LOW ATTITUDE, LEANING ON ITS RIGHT SIDE WHEN IT HIT. IT ALSO APPEARED TO HAVE BURST INTO FLAMES UPON IMPACT. THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES AND A PORTION OF THE MAST WERE FOUND APPROXIMATELY 300 METERS EAST OF THE AIRCRAFT.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998

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Date posted on this site: 07/20/2010

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Note From Page Administrator:  according to VHPA records of Unit Histories, the 61st Assault Helicopter Co. (originally 61st Aviation Co.) was attached to the 10th Combat Aviation Battalion when it first arrived in Vietnam. However, per 10th CAB History the unit was no longer attached as of June, 1968. Therefore, it must have been transferred at some point before then to the 268th Avn BN.

However, ATWS files for the 61st Aviation Co. only show it as part of the 10th CAB. Therefore, it is not listed as a seperate unit here.

   
Comments/Citation



Posted for: RENE ANTHONY SANTOS:
Rene, It is me, Gordon Wax, 61st Aviation Company. I was on leave when your helicopter crashed killing you and the other crewmen. The guys from the platoon saved the tailboom and put it by our tent until I got back against orders to remove it from the compound but the CO agreed to leave it. There was not anything else left of yours.

It was about ten years after I got back home that I cried for our lost friendship. Sometimes when I think of you I think that you can hear me. I still have a picture of you, White Rabbit and Gross in my shoe shine kit. It has been there a long time.

I hurt my back a while ago and I thought of you with your back broken and the helicopter burning up. You must have felt so helpless until the rockets explored. Good Bye my friend.

I have thought about your mom and dad and have wished there was and easy way to contact them. Maybe some day I will..........
 
Posted by: Gordon Wax, 61st Aviation Co, 1968,69,70
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Wednesday, June 6, 2001
   
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