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Name: Herbert Charles Crosby
Rank/Branch: O3/US Army
Unit: 71st Aviation Company, 14th Aviation Battalion, 16th Aviation
23rd Infantry Division (Americal), Chu Lai
Date of Birth: 30 May 1947 (Ft. Wayne IN)
Home City of Record: South Georgia
Date of Loss: 10 January 1970
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 152927N 1081808E (BT239141)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1C, "Firebirds"
Incident # 1547
Other Personnel In Incident: George A. Howes; Wayne C. Allen; Francis
G. Graziosi (all missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 from one
or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency
correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
by the P.O.W. NETWORK with information from David Grieger, who served
with Herbert Crosby.
SYNOPSIS: On January 19, 1970, Capt. Herbert C. Crosby, pilot; WO
Howes, co-pilot; SP5 Wayne C. Allen, crew chief; and SP4 Francis G.
door gunner; were flying a UH1C helicopter (serial #66-739) as the
flight lead in a flight of three helicopter gun ships returning from Tien Phuoc to
base at Chu Lai, South Vietnam.
(NOTE: Records differs as to the aircraft type on this incident. Some
records show the aircraft type this crew was flying as UH1H, and some
show it as a
UH1C. Herbert Crosby flew Charlie models every day from at least July
January 1970. The serial number, #66-739 correlates to a C model, the
numbers indicating that the aircraft had been made in 1966, and the H
only had come out a few months before this time. Although C models
gun ships, and usually flew more or less independently, while this
flying in tight formation as flight lead, which would correlate with
model, it has been confirmed that the ship on which this crew was
definitely a Charlie mod
At 1300 hours, the three helicopters departed the Special Forces camp
Tien Phuoc. Five to ten minutes later, due to instrument flight rules,
Crosby directed the flight to change to a different flight heading.
helicopters changed frequencies to contact Chu Lai ground control
radio contact was lost with Capt. Crosby and was not regained.
The other two aircraft reached Chu Lai heliport, and at 1400 hours,
efforts were begun for the missing aircraft, although the crew was not
According to a 1974 National League of Families report, George Howes
survived he crash of this helicopter. The report further maintains that the
occurred in Laos, although the coordinates place it some 40-odd miles
from that country.
A North Vietnamese prisoner released later reported that he had seen
captivity the same month the helicopter went down. A second sighting
villager in Phuoc Chouc (or Phouc Chau) village reported Howes and two
POWs stopped for water at his house in February, 1970, en route to
Whether these reports also relate to Allen, Crosby and Graziosi, is
When the last American troops left Southeast Asia in 1975, some 2500
were unaccounted for. Reports received by the U.S. Government since
build a strong case for belief that hundreds of these "unaccounted
Americans are still alive and in captivity.
"Unaccounted for" is a term that should apply to numbers, not men. We,
nation, owe these men our best effort to find them and bring them
home.Until the fates of the men like the UH1C crew are known, their
families will wonder if they are dead or alive .. and why they were
LETS NOT FORGET
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters)
The remains of 11 U.S. servicemen missing since the Vietnam War
have been identified by forensic experts and are being returned to
their families for burial in the United States, the Pentagon said on
Nine of the remains were found by joint search teams in Laos and
two in Vietnam. They were identified by experts at the U.S. military's
central identification laboratory in Hawaii.
The return of the remains leaves 2,032 U.S. troops still missing
from the Vietnam War.
Eight of the 11 men were killed on May 15, 1966, when their AC-47D
gun ship crashed in Laos during an armed reconnaissance mission.
The pilot of the plane, Air Force Col. George Jensen of Seattle,
Washington, died along with Air Force Cols. Marshall Tapp of Los
Angeles and Lavern Reilly of St. Paul, Minnesota; Air Force Maj.
George Thompson of Beckley, West Virginia; Chief Master SSgt's. James
Preston of Bowden, Georgia, James Williams of Oxford, Mississippi, and
William Madison of Lexington, Kentucky; and Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth
McKenney of Auburn, Massachusetts.
Army Staff Sgt. Tim Walters of South Bend, Indiana, died in the
crash of an O-2A Super Sky master aircraft on a forward air control
mission over Laos on March 9, 1969.
Army 1st Lt. James McQuade of Hoquiam, Washington, and Specialist
James Hackett of Bradenton, Florida, were killed on June 11, 1972 when
their OH-6A helicopter exploded in the air over South Vietnam as they
were attempting to rescue the crew of a downed aircraft. The remains
were located in joint searches conducted with Vietnamese and Laotian
officials, the Defense Department said.
JOINT TASK FORCE-FULL ACCOUNTING PUBLIC AFFAIRS (808) 477-5301
RELEASE NO. #99-25
SEPT. 16, 1999
CAMP H.M. SMITH, HAWAII - A team of 98 mostly
Hawaii-based U.S. military
specialists leave for Vietnam Friday (Sept. 17) evening with hopes of
recovering remains that may lead to the identification of American
service members listed as missing in action since the war in Southeast
On Tuesday, members from Joint Task Force-Full Accounting at Camp Smith
and the U.S. Army's Central Identification Lab at Hickam Air Force Base
join technical representatives from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to
begin joint investigations and remains recovery operations in 23
Vietnamese provinces and cities. Sixty-eight cases involving aircraft
and ground losses are scheduled for investigation during the 30-day
operation. There are six primary excavation sites and three alternate
Since 1973, the remains of 529 American service members, formerly listed
as unaccounted for, have been identified and returned to their families.
There are currently 2,054 Americans still unaccounted-for from the war
in Southeast Asia, 1,530 in Vietnam.
This will be the 42nd Joint Field Activity conducted in Vietnam, and the
103rd overall JFA in the tri-country region of Vietnam, Laos and
Cambodia since Joint Task Force-Full Accounting was formed in January
1992 at Camp Smith. The 98 team members are comprised of 46 U.S. Army,
21 Air Force, 12 Navy, 10 Marines, and nine Department of Defense