Wilkinson, Clyde David, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1971-1971, 1981, C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment
Service Years
1966 - 1971

Infantry

Captain



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mineral Wells
Last Address
Mineral Wells

Casualty Date
Feb 12, 1971
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05W 100

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  1967, 4th Warrant Officer Company Class 67-9 (Fort Wolters, TX), B/4
 Unit Assignments
101st Airborne Division 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry RegimentC Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment
  1966-1967, Aviation Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Course
  1967-1967, Aviation Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Course
  1971-1971, 1981, 101st Airborne Division
  1971-1971, 1981, HHT, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment
  1971-1971, 1981, C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment
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  Jan 25, 1969, Army Helicopter Instructor Pilot1
  Feb 26, 2000, Burial Site
  Jul 24, 2012, Remembrance From Sister1
  Dec 19, 2012, General Photos3
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Last Known Activity
Captain WIlkinson was the aircraft commander of AH-1G (#68-17089) that was shot down during operations.

On February 12, 1971, WO McLeod was the pilot and Capt. Clyde D. Wilkinson the aircraft commander of an AH1G helicopter flying an armed reconnaissance mission west of Quang Tri, South Vietnam. During an attack on a target, McLeod's aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire. He radioed that the engine oil bypass caution light was on, and that he would attempt to return to Khe Sanh. On the return attempt, the aircraft began to smoke and burn, and the crew attempted to land the aircraft. Just prior to touchdown, the aircraft exploded and crashed, followed by intense fire and ammunition detonation. After the aircraft had cooled, several passes were made overhead, but no survivors were detected. The aircraft had been almost completely consumed by the intense fire and explosions. Search continued by air, but no sign of the crew was ever found. Enemy presence prohibited ground search. Source: http://www.vhpa.org/KIA/incident/71021210KIA.HTM

War Story: 
MIA REMAINS RECOVERY No. 138-M MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS August 27, 1999 The remains of three American servicemen previously unaccounted-for from Southeast Asia have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial in the United States. They are identified as Army Capt. Clyde D. Wilkinson of Mineral Wells, Tex., Army Warrant Officer Arthur E. McLeod of Bay Shore, N.Y., and Navy Lt. Cmdr. V. King Cameron of McAllen, Tex.

On Feb. 12, 1971, Wilkinson and McLeod were flying an armed reconnaissance mission approximately 37 miles west of Quang Tri, South Vietnam, when their AH-1G Cobra gunship was struck by enemy ground fire. The crew attempted to fly the helicopter back to the home base at Khe Sanh when the aircraft began to smoke and burn, forcing an emergency landing. Shortly before touchdown the helicopter exploded and crashed. An intense fire, fed by exploding ordnance, engulfed the aircraft. Other aircraft crewmembers involved in the mission flew over the crash site, but saw no evidence of survivors. The presence of enemy forces in the area precluded a ground search.

In July 1993, a joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam team, led by the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting, traveled to Quang Tri Province and interviewed a villager claiming to have knowledge of a US helicopter crash. However, the team found no evidence of a crash at that time. In May 1995, another team interviewed two local villagers claiming to have information about two US crash sites in the same province. One of the sites was scheduled for excavation. During May and June of 1997, a third team excavated the crash site. They recovered human remains as well as personal effects and pilot-related items.
   
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  In Honored Remembrance Of Captain Wilkinson
Posted for: CLYDE DAVID WILKINSON:
MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS August 27, 1999

The remains of three American servicemen previously unaccounted-for from Southeast Asia have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial in the United States.

They are identified as Army Captain Clyde D. Wilkinson of Mineral Wells, Texas, Army Warrant Officer Arthur E. McLeod of Bay Shore, New York, and Navy Lieutenant Commander V. King Cameron of McAllen, Texas.

On February 12, 1971, Wilkinson and McLeod were flying an armed reconnaissance mission approximately 37 miles west of Quang Tri, South Vietnam, when their AH-1G Cobra gunship was struck by enemy ground fire. The crew attempted to fly the helicopter back to the home base at Khe Sanh when the aircraft began to smoke and burn, forcing an emergency landing. Shortly before touchdown the helicopter exploded and crashed. An intense fire, fed by exploding ordnance, engulfed the aircraft. Other aircraft crew members involved in the mission flew over the crash site, but saw no evidence of survivors. The presence of enemy forces in the area precluded a ground search.

In July 1993, a joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam team, led by the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting, traveled to Quang Tri Province and interviewed a villager claiming to have knowledge of a U.S. helicopter crash. However, the team found no evidence of a crash at that time. In May 1995, another team interviewed two local villagers claiming to have information about two U.S. crash sites in the same province. One of the sites was scheduled for excavation.

During May and June of 1997, a third team excavated the crash site. They recovered human remains as well as personal effects and pilot-related items..............


.......In 1990, Vietnam repatriated to the United States 20 boxes containing remains believed to be those of U.S. servicemen. Documents supplied at the time suggested that the remains in one of the boxes were those of an American pilot who died in a crash in Nghe Tinh Province. Analysis of these remains failed to associate them with any known U.S. loss...........

........Anthropological analysis of the remains and other evidence by the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii confirmed the identification of Wilkinson, McLeod and Cameron. With the accounting of these three servicemen, 529 Americans have been identified from the war in Vietnam and returned to their families. There are currently 2,054 Americans unaccounted-for from that war. The U.S. government welcomes and appreciates the cooperation of the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, which resulted in the accounting of these servicemen. We hope that such cooperation will bring increased results in the future. Achieving the fullest possible accounting for these Americans is of the highest national priority.

Clyde David Wilkinson was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery (66/4882) on 27 October 1999.

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.com/cdwilkinson.htm
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