Robert K Everest

Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
12 July 1948 - 14 May 1970
College Park, GA
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OH-6 Loach

Army Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert K Everest

At the time I met Kirk I was his brother-in-law and had been home from my tour in Nam for almost two years. He had just finished his schooling in Texas and had become a helicopter pilot. When he recieved his orders for Nam he was ready to do his duty over there. He flew a helicopter called a LOACH [OH-6A Cayuse] which was used for reconnaissance. He survived being twice shot down but the third time was his ticket.

Kirk had the potential of doing great things. But he died for the greater good of his country, family and friends. His parents, brothers and sisters paid an immense price. For that I am truly sorry. I am proud to say that Kirk was a great man and a great American. Thank you Kirk, who gave of yourself, to give liberty and freedom for us all.

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Three men of A Troop, 1/9 Cavalry, died when their OH-6A (tail number 67-16199) was shot down while running an armed reconnaissance mission:
  • WO1 Robert K. Everest III, pilot
  • SP4 Lawrence Raymond Geiger, observer
  • SP4 Kenneth Marion Walls, Jr, gunner
A fellow aviator observed the shoot-down:
"Robert Everest was flying low bird for Ken Mills (Apache 27) on a recon north of Katum. We were looking for a Huey crew that had crashed or been shot down - we had located the aircraft but not the crew. Everest came under heavy fire from several RPD's/AK's using API rounds. Everest called taking fire and there was a small inflight explosion. The aircraft then nosed into the bamboo and exploded on impact. I witnessed the whole thing and tried to evac the crew but took too many hits."

Glen Senkowski
23 Oct 98
From the VHPA database

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his ex-brother-in-law and friend,
Dave Sas 
12 Jan 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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