HA(L)-3 Navy Gunships

Edward Louis Ott

Aviation Machinist 1st Class
HA(L)-3 (Navy Gunships)
United States Navy
12 March 1939 - 01 September 1967
Rockville, CT
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UH-1 Huey

Navy Combat Aircrew

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign medals

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Edward has been "adopted" by the

Charles P. Varca Chapter 17
Disabled American Veterans
PO Box 241
Manchester, CT 06045-0241

LCDR Robert D. Johnson and ADJ1 Edward L Ott were assigned to Light Helicopter Attack Squadron 3, Detachment 1, onboard the USS GARRETT COUNTY (LST 786). On September 1, 1967, they were scrambled on a pre-dawn emergency launch to interdict Viet Cong forces attacking a friendly outpost. The UH-1H carried a full crew.

The helicopter lifted off the deck of the USS GARRETT COUNTY and crashed into the Bassac River. When the survivors of the crash appeared on the river's surface, Johnson and Ott were not among them. An immediate search was initiated using River Patrol Boats and other helicopter search aircraft. The search lasted for several days and nights, however, the results were negative.

The cockpit/cabin portion of the aircraft was located partially covered by mud, and debris was scattered over the river bottom. It was believed that the bodies of Ott and the pilot, Robert Johnson could not be recovered. Both were listed as Killed, Body Not Recovered.

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A memorial from DAV Chapter 17 via
Elwood A. D. ( Woody ) Lechausse,
24 Feb 2001

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With all respect - K. J. Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)