James Weldon HargroveChief Warrant Officer
121ST AHC, 13TH AVN BN, 12TH AVN GRP, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
08 May 1929 - 18 October 1966
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The database page for James Weldon Hargrove
REMEMBERED ACROSS THE YEARSby his family.
A memorial initiated by his son,
Jimmy Hargrove was a career military pilot. He served thirteen years in the U.S. Navy and his reserve rank was Lieutenant Commander. He joined the US Army to serve in Vietnam. Hargrove grew up in Rotan, Texas, a community about 30 miles north of Sweetwater, Texas. He earned a B.S. degree in Agronomy from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Mr. Hargrove received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions while flying copilot for his company Executive Officer's UH-1C helicopter during airmobile operations near Vi Thanh. He first helped provide cover for four simultaneous troop landings. Immediately after landing, two ground troops were wounded and Mr. Hargrove returned to provide covering fire for their evacuation despite heavy ground fire and rain. After the rescue helicopter was forced away with 10 hits, Mr. Hargrove attempted the evacuation. His helicopter received intense hostile fire and crashed. Mr. Hargrove was killed in the crash. Mr. Hargrove was buried with full military honors in Rotan, Texas.
He is honored by his community and by the Permian Basin Vietnam Memorial located at the Midland International Airport, Midland, Texas. May his sacrifice never be forgotten.
From a Permian Basin Vietnam Memorial Representative,
Notes from The Virtual WallOn 18 October 1966 the 121st Assault Helicopter Company was tasked with inserting a South Vietnamese CIDG force. One of the gunships, UH-1B tail number 63-08549, was crewed by
At the 1998 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Association meeting, Roger Swindler provided the following information regarding the incident:
"Initially we were talking to the American advisors but then an English speaking Nung came on the radio saying that all the Americans were killed or wounded and that they needed to be extracted. The VC had about two battalions in great ambush positions. ... We made a 'look pass' down the line to see if we could determine where the Command Post was. We climbed a little, made a turn and started in to extract some of the Americans even though we were in a gunship.
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James B. Hargrove
709 6th Place, Idalou, Texas, 79329
31 Dec 2002
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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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