Jay Thomas Dandurand

Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
11 November 1948 - 12 March 1970
Riverdale, New Jersey
Panel 13W Line 116


Jay T Dandurand

The database page for Jay Thomas Dandurand

26 Sep 2003

Jay and I were stick buddies in flight school at Fort Rucker, he was a great pilot and I'm sure he is missed by his friends and family. May you Rest in Peace, Jay.

Richard B. Crawford
Razorback 41

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At 1300 on 12 March 1970 four UH-1H aircraft of the 128th Assault Helicopter Company departed Phu Loi Airfield on an extraction mission, tasked with transporting 67 soldiers from a pick-up zone at YS3880 to Fire Support Base Rhode Island. The trip to the PZ and the pick-up were uneventful. About 3 minutes after lift-off from the PZ, CHALK 4 (UH-1H tail number 66-01207) radioed that he had an engine failure and was going into the trees.

CHALK 4's pilot decelerated rapidly and had near-zero forward velocity when the aircraft's tailboom impacted a tree top, spinning the UH-1H and sending it into the trees in a nose-low attitude. The initial impact of the fuselage with a tree resulted in an explosion and the UH-1 fell flaming to the ground. On ground impact further explosions occurred, and 2 to 3 minutes after impact a tremendous explosion threw debris some hundreds of feet into the air. The crash was not survivable, and 13 men died:

  • 128th Assault Helicopter Company:
    • WO1 Leonard Dwight Cunningham, pilot, Pulaski TN
    • WO1 Jay Thomas Dandurand, copilot, Riverdale NJ
    • SP4 Charles Henry Cummings, gunner, Hadley MA
    • SP4 Gary Douglas McNicol, crew chief, Newell WV

  • B Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry:
    • SSG Jose O. Garcia, St Louis MO
    • SSG Edward W. Holmes, Memphis TN
    • SGT Ronny D. Shattuck, Renton WA
    • CPL Lester V. Cafiero, West Hempstead NY
    • CPL Aaron L. Darr, Elsah IL
    • CPL Terry E. Guenther, Galesburg IL
    • CPL Olin J. Leonard, Randleman NC
    • SP4 Veney E. Thompson, Wewoka OK
    • PFC Walter J. Hampton, Memphis TN

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Richard Crawford
26 Sep 2003

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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