Robert Dewitt Berta

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
23 April 1946 - 13 December 1967
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Army Aircrew

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert Dewitt Berta

20 Apr 2007

Robert and I were good friends at Fort Rucker. Robert went to the 176th AHC in Nam and was killed in action in December of 1967. I went to the 129th AHC and came home May 1968. I found out some years later that Robert had died. Happy Birthday on the 23rd of April and God Bless You, Brother! Slow hand salute...

From a friend,
Gale P Beard

23 Apr 2008

Robert, here I am again buddy, thinking of you on your birthday. It's been 41 years since we last talked at Fort Rucker.

If anyone has a photo of Robert, I'd appreciate a copy.

From a buddy at Ft Rucker, Alabama, 1967,
Gale Beard
129th AHC 1967-68
510 E 2nd Street, Clinton, In 47842

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 13 December 1967 a UH-1D (tail number 66-01186) of the 176th AHC had an in-flight tail rotor failure. The aircraft nosed over, spun, crashed, and burned near Chu Lai. Six men died in the crash:
  • Aircrew, 176th Assault Helicopter Company:
    • WO William H. Borchart, Union, IL, pilot;
    • CWO Richard D. Jenks, San Bernardino, CA, copilot;
    • SP4 Robert D. Berta, Fort Wayne, IN, crew chief; and
    • SP4 James G. Whaley, Sacramento, CA, gunner.

  • Passengers, 1st Bn, 46th Infantry:
    • MAJ Thomas W. Cotton, Brilliant, AL, HQ Company
    • CPT Grady I. Carriker, Kittrell, NC, A Company
One passenger, a Captain D. Kidd, unit unknown, survived the crash.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Gale P Beard
Clinton, In

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 Apr 2007
Last updated 06/15/2008