Carl Richard UsserySergeant
HHB, 1ST BN, 77TH ARTY RGT, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
22 November 1948 - 28 September 1968
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The database page for Carl Richard Ussery
When we were last together in Hawaii, your R & R, you told me of what to expect if something went wrong and you didn't come back. You were right. I promise to keep on fighting for the release of the documents and the truth of your fate - I remember and will never forget.
You were loved and cherished - and always will be.
A Note from The Virtual WallAlthough a member of Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 77th Arty, Sergeant Carl R. Ussery was attached to HHC, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, as a Forward Observer.
According to the VHPA helicopter incident database, Sergeant Ussery was aboard a resupply flight in a UH-1H (hull number 67-17468) of C Company, 227th Avn Bn, which was shuttling between LZ Nancy and a small tactical LZ, resupplying a ground unit in heavy contact with the enemy. On the third shuttle, the helo contained the four crewmen, a cargo of boxed 82mm mortar ammunition (much of which was white phosphorus), and four passengers going to the unit being resupplied. The passengers were seated on and around the cargo, without seat belts or any form of restraint.
On this approach, at an altitude of perhaps 20 feet, the main rotor struck a large limb near the top of a tall tree, at about the 4 o'clock position to the helicopter. A ground guide was directing the aircraft, and did not see the tree. The aircraft rolled to the right, impacted the ground, and began to burn. Although all four crewmen and two passengers were able to escape the aircraft uninjured, the two remaining passengers (SGT Carl Ussery and CPL Raymond Evans, B/1/5th Cav) died in the accident.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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