Cain, Allen, SP 5

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Last Rank
Specialist 5
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67U10-Medium Helicopter Repairer
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 67U10, 180th Aviation Company
Service Years
1968 - 1969

Specialist 5

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Home Town
Last Address
Miami, Florida

Casualty Date
Sep 16, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Paradise Memorial Park - Richmond Heights, Florida
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18W 092

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1st Aviation Brigade17th Aviation Group180th Aviation Company
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Date of Birth January 16, 1967
Married: Josephine Cain, Miami, Florida 1968
Mother: Victoria Miller, Miami, Florida 1968
Regular Army - Enlisted
Vietnam Tour of Duty Started January 14, 1969
Allen was aboard an Army helicopter as the crew chief when the helicopter crash landed in a non-hostile situation, in the Binh Dinh Province, U.S. Military Region 2, Republic of South Vietnam.

Age at Death 22


Information From The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association website:

Aircraft:  CH-47C (Chinook) Tail Number 68-15841

Number of Army Crew Member killed in accident was Five:

CW2 Faircloth, Arthur Craig (Aircraft Commander)
CW2 Poundstone, Thomas Richard (2nd Pilot)
SGT Moothart, Larry Graydon
SP4 Floyd, James Milton
SP5 Cain, Allen

At approximately 1630 hours (4:30pm), 16 September 1969 a CH-47C aircraft serial number l,-15841, picked up a sling load at Pickup Zone ( PZ) Two Bits, coordinates BR 857963. The load consisted of one (1) 105 howitzers and a "piggyback" sling load of 40 rounds of 105 mm howitzer ammunition.
The following is a description of the suspected flight path and sequence of events up to the time of the accident:
Upon takeoff the aircraft proceed west along the valley following the Song Lai Giany River and highway 514. As the river and highway turned north the aircraft still followed these in a northerly direction. At coordinates BS 751066 the aircraft proceeded in a north easterly direction following a draw to the fire base which was the intended Landing Zone (LZ) for its sling load. (When I questioned the battery commander as to the direction he saw or heard the aircraft approaching from, he indicated the direction of this draw.) As it was approaching the LZ the battery commander had radio contact with the aircraft. He radioed to the pilot that the weather was getting bad and that he would have to hurry. The pilot rogered the radio transmission. The next call from the battery commander was him telling the pilot he could hear the aircraft but not see it. Again the pilot rogered his transmission. The battery commander saw the aircraft pass overhead. He told the pilot this but there was no further reply from the aircraft. He did however hear the pilot key his mike. The aircraft broke to the northeast in a descending right hand turn. Approximately 250 meters from the intended LZ the sling load was released. (Coordinates BS 772089) the battery commander said when he heard the crash he ran to a high vantage point at his fire base and looked toward the sound of the crash. Due to the heavy fog he could not see the wreckage. A Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) team operating in the area was sent to the crash site by the battery commander. They confirmed there were no survivors. A gunship from the 61st Aviation Company was the first one to the accident site. CW2 Jones, the pilot, arrived on the scene approximately 3 minutes after the crash. Because of low ceilings and limited visibility he had to hover his aircraft up the hill to the crash site. Upon his arrival he found the aircraft burning with no evidence of any survivors. At that time there was about a 50 foot ceiling in the area. He then hovered back down the hill and left the area, reporting his findings.
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