John Floyd HummelChief Warrant Officer
B TRP, 7TH SQDN, 1ST CAVALRY, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
10 August 1948 - 13 November 1978
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The database page for John Floyd Hummel
John was born in Pecos, Texas and he attended schools in Barstow, Texas, a small community on the east side of the Pecos River on Interstate 20. Barstow is in Ward County but identifies more with Reeves County, the County Seat of Pecos. John graduated from Barstow High School in 1966. The school closed down and merged with Pecos High School many years ago. John attended the University of Texas at El Paso for a year and a half. At the time, it was Texas Western University. He enlisted in the Army in 1968 for the Warrant Officer Flight Program. He did his basic training at Fort Polk, and then Rotary Wing Flight at Fort Wolters and Fort Rucker, and then trained at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield for transition to the Cobra. He completed training in May 1970 and departed for Vietnam in June 1970. The first part of his tour was in the Mekong Delta. He had emergency leave in January 1971 due to his mother's ill health. He returned to Vietnam in February 1971 and joined his unit at Quang Tri. He was officially missing in action on March 6, 1971 when his gunship did not return from a reconnaissance flight over Laos. His remains have never been repatriated. May his sacrifice never be forgotten. He is remembered by the
Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
in Midland, Texas and by the people of Ward and Reeves County, Texas.
11 Jul 2006
John's case continues. His aunt Charline Pry of Pecos, Texas is now the lead family member in resolving John's case. Over the past 30 years, efforts to resolve the case have gone forward with little movement. In April 2004, the family received documents from the U.S. Army which indicates that the last information was received in the spring of 2001. This was a list of documents which outlined that a Vietnamese man was in possession of John's ID Card, his MAC-V Currency Control Card and a Bank Americard (Bank of Midland) and also had a long bone fragment (John Hummell was about 6 ft 6 inches tall), which was examined by the investigators with negative results (???) in 1989. Allegedly the remains from John were being ransomed. In 2000-2001, attempts were made to locate 4 Vietnamese individuals who may have knowledge but with negative results. One of the individuals allegedly lives in the United States, one in Canada and the other two still in Vietnam. This effort produced negative results. Allegedly, John's remains were buried around Saigon (Ho Chin Minh City) in an area which is now grown up and the area cannot be identified.
His aunt states that they are resolved that John is deceased, but still hold out hope to get his remains repatriated.
From a PBVVM representative,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 06 March 1971 two AH-1G aircraft from B Troop, 7th Squadron, 1st Cavalry, were tasked with a combat support mission into Laos. While returning to their forward operating base at Khe Sanh in darkness and deteriorating weather, the wing aircraft advised Khe Sanh Approach Control that both aircraft desired radar controlled approaches (GCA). That call was the last known radio contact with the wing aircraft, AH-1G serial 67-15464.
Flight lead then contacted Khe Sanh GCA and received initial altitude and directional vectors to the GCA pick-up point. Lead acknowledged and took up a course of 020 degrees, climbing to 5000 feet. While 67-15464 was still in formation, no radio contact was made with him. Shortly afterwards, lead was directed to turn right to a heading of 070 degrees and descend to 4000 feet. When lead initiated a right-hand descending turn, 67-15464 passed overhead on a steady 020 degree course and disappeared from view. Lead then entered a cloud layer. Although the flight lead landed safely, nothing further was heard from 67-15464. Search and rescue efforts failed to locate either aircraft or crew.
AH-1G serial 67-15464 was flown by CWO John F. Hummel, pilot, and CWO William P. Milliner, copilot. Both men were classed as missing in action and remained in that status until the Secretary of the Army approved Presumptive Findings of Death in late 1978. Their remains have not been recovered.
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 2 Nov 2004
Last updated 07/16/2006