Morris Edward Ostrander

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
06 February 1947 - 01 July 1968
Gordon, Nebraska
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The database page for Morris Edward Ostrander

16 Aug 2007


by a high school friend,
Sid Keller

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 01 Jul 1968 the 178th Assault Support Helicopter Comapny was tasked with picking up troops from a location in the field. The 178's CH-47s were accompanied by UH-1 gunships, which patrolled around the pick-up zone to protect the larger and more vulnerable CH-47s. As CH-47 tail number 67-18457 was descending toward the PU zone it collided with UH-1C tail number 66-00740. The CH-47's forward rotor hit the UH-1's tail rotor area, severing the Huey's tail boom and destroying the CH-47's rotor blades. Both aircraft fell to the ground, the Huey in a semi-controlled rotation and the CH-47 in a nose-down attitude. Although the UH-1's four crewmen survived with injuries, the five crewmen in the CH-47 were killed in the crash and subsequent fire. They were
  • 1LT William B. Eoff, Oklahoma City, OK;
  • WO Geddes C. Boyter, Spartanburg, SC;
  • SP4 Richard F. Burnham, Decatur, GA;
  • SP4 Morris E. Ostrander, Gordon, NE; and
  • SP4 Robert L. Puls, Phoenix, AZ.

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 16 Aug 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009