Griffith Bronson BedworthFirst Lieutenant
HHT, 1ST SQDN, 9TH CAV RGT, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
30 April 1945 - 30 November 1967
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The database page for Griffith Bronson Bedworth
"Bunny"Under the faraway eyes of Abe Lincoln,
I tiptoed at last, alone in October-
Into the Valley of the Shadow of Death-
By the Black Wall, where millions come,
And the loudest shout is a whisper.
On every stone, shining in the Moonlight,
Little spider spirits were hanging,
As I flew home past the Washington Monument,
In memory of US Army First Lieutenant Griffith Bronson Bedworth
Paul Averill Liebow MD FACEP
Notes from The Virtual WallAfter nightfall on 30 Nov 1967 four men from Headquarters Troop, 1/9th Cavalry, were engaged in an administrative flight in UH-1D tail number 66-00909, an aircraft belonging to B Troop, 1/9 Cav. The four were
"On 30 Nov.1967, I went to Chu Lai with MAJ Steve Porcella, WO/1 Giff Bedworth and SGT McKeckney, the crew chief of our UH-1H. I gave a talk to a troop at Chu Lai on the dangers of night flying. The weather was horrible, rainy and windy, and I asked MAJ Porcella, the aircraft commander, if we could spend the night and wait out the weather. He said, "Our mission is not so important but we have to get the aircraft back." I'll never forget the devotion to duty of this young officer; it cost him his life.After Bedworth died, Captain Kushner decided to try to walk out. He headed downhill and upon arrival at the base of the mountain he could see helicopters "hovering over the top. I knew I couldn't make it up the mountain, and had to take my chances. But if I had only waited another 4 hours."
Instead of being rescued, Kushner approached a Vietnamese farmer who first fed him and then turned him over to a Viet Cong squad. Kushner spent time in POW camps in South Vietnam before being moved to North Vietnam. He was released with other POWs on 16 March 1973.
Oddly, the casualty database entries for Porcella, Bedworth, and McKee carry them as "non-crew", while the VHPA database entry, based on the helicopter accident report, shows the three men as the flight crew.
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Paul Averill Liebow
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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