Angus W McAllister, Jr

Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
27 November 1946 - 24 February 1969
Biloxi, Mississippi
Panel 31W Line 038


Army Aviator

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

The database page for Angus W McAllister, Jr

16 Dec 2005

My name is Michelle Thomas Edwards and I am writing in honor of Angus William McAllister. He was my mother's only brother and would have been my uncle had he lived to meet me. Angus is remembered fondly by all who knew him. The helicopter he was flying was shot down on February 24, 1969. I enjoy hearing stories about his generous spirit and would love to learn more about him through the men who served with him in Vietnam. My husband and I have twin 2 year old boys and named one of them William McAllister after Angus. We call him "Mackie" because that was Angus' nickname growing up in Biloxi, Mississippi.

I just want everyone who visits this web site to know that Angus is not forgotten and his family misses him very much.

Michelle Edwards

28 May 2007

To Anyone Who Knew Angus:

It's Memorial Day 2007 and as I often do, I looked at Angus' picture on my wall and said, "Thank You!". Those words, when said for Angus, always have a bitter sweet twist for me. Sweet because he saved me from a terrible fate; bitter because that means he also did me a kindness that cost him his life.

On his last day, without my knowledge, he volunteered to take my mission becuase I had flown many days without a break and he was fresh. If you want to read more of the story, read this PDF file.

The last line of that story goes like this, "I keep a picture around so I can see his face every day. I can't forget the man who took my place". Thank You, Angus!

From a friend and fellow Minuteman,
Brian Lambie

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Four men from the 176TH AHC flying a routine resupply mission in UH-1D tail number 63-12999 died when the Huey was hit by .51 caliber antiaircraft fire while at 2000 feet, lost its main rotor, and crashed near Doc Tien, about 4 kilometers south-southwest of the Tam Ky airfield. The four crewmen were
  • WO Angus W. McAllister, Biloxi, MS, pilot;
  • WO Merle F. Butler, Lakewood, NY, copilot;
  • SP5 Richard W. Ford, Modesto, CA, crew chief; and
  • SP4 Jon Bailey, Gardiner, ME, door gunner.

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 16 Dec 2005
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