Dean Allen Harig

Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
20 May 1947 - 17 April 1970
Superior, Nebraska
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Army Aviator

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Dean Allen Harig

25 Dec 2004


by his brother,
Larry Harig
21 Oct 2005

Now how weird is this? I was born in Superior, Nebraska in 1950 and served in the 25th, B Company "Diamond Head" May 1969 to April 23, 1970. I was a crew chief on AH-1Gs and OH-6As.

From someone who remembers.
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 17 Apr 1970 Company A, 25th Aviation Battalion, was tasked with providing the 25th Infantry Division courier flight. A UH-1H Huey (tail number 67-17706) and crew was assigned and the round-robin flight begun, with passenger pick-ups and drop-offs at a number of locations.

The last stop was at the II Field Force Headquarters, with arrival at 1712 (5:12 PM). During the one-hour ground time, the crew took the evening meal, returning to the aircraft at 1800. Passengers were boarded and the Huey departed for Cu Chi at 1812. Fifteen minutes later, while crossing the Saigon River at an altitude of 70 feet AGL the aircraft struck two high-tension wires, broke up, and went into the water in a vertical nose-down attitude. Three men rose to the surface, one dead and two alive. One of the living survivors, Captain Zonne, died of injuries three days later; the other, SSG D. P. Ouellette, survived the incident. The dead were

  • A Co, 25th Avn Bn, aircrewmen:
    • WO Dean A. Harig, Superior, NE, aircraft commander and pilot-in-command
    • WO Frederick M. Simeonoff, Spenard, AK, copilot
    • SGT Frederick C. Marsh, Egg Harbor City, NJ, gunner
    • SP4 William K. Hunter, Lynchburg, VA, crew chief

  • Passengers:
    • CPT Howard R. Andrews, Huntsville, AL, 25th Admin Co
    • CPT Robert J. Zonne, Midland, TX, HHC, 25th Inf Div (died 04/20/1970)
    • CWO Alvin E. Cross, Greensboro, NC, A Co, 25th Avn Bn
    • SGT Jack D. Tuggle, Valparaiso, FL, A Co, 25th Med Bn
    • SP4 Michael J. Weik, Fort Worth, TX, C Co, 125th Sig Bn
    • PFC Howard D. Landry, Baton Rouge, LA, A Co, 53rd Sig Bn

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his brother,
Larry Harig
27 Dec 2004

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