The database page for Gary Robert Cady
He loved his country, family and the American way of life.
A Note from The Virtual WallAt dawn on 20 Oct 1970 an aero scout team from B Company, 123rd Aviation Battalion, departed Chu Lai Army Air Field to conduct a "first light" visual recon mission southwest of Chu Lai. The team consisted of an OH-6A which would operate at low altitude; an AH-1G Cobra gunship which provided fire support and mission direction while flying at about 1000 feet; and a UH-1 with an infantry squad aboard in trail at 1500 feet.
During the mission the scout team came across an infantry unit which had called in an emergency medevac. While the OH-6 worked in the vicinity of the ground unit, the Cobra crew (flying at a higher altitude) watched the UH-1 medevac aircraft arrive, land, load, and take off to return to Chu Lai. He realized that the OH-6 and the medevac UH-1 were on a possible collision course, with both aircraft at low altitudes and moving around opposite sides of the same hill, the UH-1 in a clockwise direction and the OH-6 in a counter-clockwise direction. The AH-1 crew advised the OH-6 crew of the danger and received an acknowledgement from the OH-6 pilot - but very shortly thereafter the UH-1 and the OH-6 collided.
SP4 Cady was flying as crew chief in the OH-6A; while his two crewmates survived, Cady and the six men in the medevac UH-1 died in the incident:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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