Helicopter UH-1D 66-01128

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01128
The Army purchased this helicopter 0167
Total flight hours at this point: 00000533
Date: 02/08/68
Incident number: 68020818.KIA
Unit: 135 AHC
South Vietnam
Casualties = 04 KIA . .
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Summary: Believed to be the Huey in which four died from the 135th AHC.
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC CPT FLEER ROBERT DEAN KIA
P WO1 MOORE GLENN DOUGLAS KIA
CE PFC LABUDA ROBERT ALAN KIA
G SP4 CAVANAUGH RICHARD FRED KIA

War Story:
The crash was caused by heavy small arms fire. Bob, Glen and the gunner were heavily hit . The crew chief was killed in the crash. They were chalk 5 and I was chalk 6. I identified the remains the next day after we recovered the bodies. Tom Rudolph, dingy@snowhill.co

This record was last updated on 11/11/99


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: SP4 Richard Fred Cavanaugh
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/08/68 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 20.7
Date of Birth: 06/09/47
Home City: Portland, OR
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 135 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 38E-019
Short Summary: Crash was caused by heavy small arms fire.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-01128
Service number: 18958586
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 11B2F = Infantryman
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 03/18/67
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Kien Hoa Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 11/11/99



Name: CPT Robert Dean Fleer
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/08/68 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 38.7
Date of Birth: 05/21/29
Home City: Fullerton, CA
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 135 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 38E-027
Short Summary: Crash was caused by heavy small arms fire.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-01128
Service number: O2287585
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 10/20/67
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 16
Location: Dinh Tuong Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 11/11/99



Name: PFC Robert Alan Labuda
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/08/68 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 20.1
Date of Birth: 12/17/47
Home City: Gary, IN
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 135 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 38E-031
Short Summary: Crash was caused by heavy small arms fire.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-01128
Service number: 16898137
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 11B2F = Infantryman
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 10/09/67
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Dinh Tuong Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: other religions (Hindu, Thai, etc.)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 11/11/99



Name: WO1 Glenn Douglas Moore
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/08/68 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.6
Date of Birth: 06/18/45
Home City: Castro Valley, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 135 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 67-21
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 38E-033
Short Summary: Crash was caused by heavy small arms fire.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-01128
Service number: W3158894
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 01/18/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 01
Location: Dinh Tuong Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 11/11/99


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01128
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0167.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6701  23   23 2065   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6702   9   32 2065   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6703   0   32 2065   POST SUPPLY      6TH ARMY   FORT ORD         6TH ARMY
6704   5   37 WACUAA 1 ARMD DIV       4TH ARMY   FORT HOOD        4TH ARMY
6705  14   51 WFM9AA 135 AVN CO       4THARMY    FORT HOOD        4TH ARMY
6706  17   68 WFM9AA 135 AVN CO       4THARMY    FORT HOOD        4TH ARMY
6707  27   95 WFM9AA 135 AVN CO       4THARMY    FORT HOOD        4TH ARMY
6708  17  112 WFM9AA 135 AVN CO       4THARMY    FORT HOOD        4TH ARMY
6709   0  112 WFM9AA 135 AVN CO       4THARMY    FORT HOOD        4TH ARMY
6710  27  139 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6711 146  285 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6712 110  395 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6801 138  533 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN



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