Roy Henry Davis

Specialist Four, Army Of The United States


From San Luis Obispo, CA

21 March 1947 - 24 February 1969

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Roy Henry Davis is on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Panel 31W Line 034.

Roy, sorry for not doing this sooner, you were a good friend, thanks for that.

Sorry I wasn't around when you went down. You and Lewis were good friends to me, thanks.

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On 24 February 1969 a CH-47A CHINOOK (hull number 66-19091) of the 179th Assault Support Helicopter Company crashed, killing two and injuring three crewmembers: The aircraft had flown for 5 hours 20 minutes prior to the accident. At the 3+25 point, the aircraft had been shut down and inspected by SP5 Lewis and SP4 Davis under the supervision of WO Wilkes; no discrepancies were noticed. At the time of the accident, the CH-47 was approaching a landing zone with a slung cargo of 7,000 pounds of 105mm howitzer ammunition. As the aircraft neared hover, the nose turned left and dropped slightly, then continued into an uncontrollable nose-low flat spin. It drifted downwind from the landing zone, impacting about 300 feet distant from the pad. The aft fuselage impacted first and the nose shortly afterwards. The upper portion of the fuselage collapsed, severing fuel, hydraulic, and oil lines. The impact of the lower fuselage on the sling load apparently ruptured both aft fuel cells. Fire spread rapidly toward the nose of the aircraft, hampering rescue efforts. Within minutes the 105mm ammunition began cooking off, and the combination of explosions and fire consumed the aircraft.

A memorial from a friend,
Ed Duffey 

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           12 Feb 2002