Mickey Allen Wilson

Chief Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
28 April 1948 - 05 October 1978
Mountain View, California
Panel 01W Line 110


Army Aviator

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

The database page for Mickey Allen Wilson

02 Dec 1997


by an anonymous friend.
18 Jun 2004

Regarding Mickey Allen Wilson, my brother.

He was born at Fort Baker, California.

Regarding the information about the "remains", let me explain.

Knutson was found in a cemetery in Dong Ha.

The other five men are NOT buried together at Arlington National Cemetery. Lauterio was found near the crash site in a separate grave. He was positively identified and sent home for burial.

Wilson, Stinson, Bush and Deane were found near the crash site in two separate graves. All four men were identified by dental records only. Mickey had five teeth, that's all. Hardly proof of DEATH. There were tiny bone fragments in the graves with the teeth. No DNA was done on the bones, we were told that they were too small. So, the bone fragments were put in a casket and buried with the names Wilson, Stinson, Bush and Deane on the headstone in Arlington National Cemetery.

Bush's teeth were sent home for burial. The teeth of Stinson, Wilson and Deane were put in separate caskets and buried at Arlington National Cemetery on April 14, 2000.

Mickey was married. He married a Vietnamese woman just before he went missing. I found her in 1997. I also found Mickey's son. Mickey has two grandchildren now. They all live in Memphis. I love them dearly.

I wrote a book about my big brother. If you would like one, please let me know and I will send one right away.

Thank you for remembering Wilson, Stinson, Knutson, Lauterio, Bush and Deane.

Sincerely from his sister,
Linda Moreau
Author "Da Nang to Memphis"
320 Pair A Dice Ranch Road, Jacksonville, Oregon

09 May 2005

Mickey Allen Wilson was a part of my life for many, many years and will 'always' be in my heart. I wore an MIA bracelet with his name on it and even though I never met Mickey I felt as though he was part of my family. I came to meet his sister Linda through one of the Memorial websites and was able to return his bracelet to her and the family but Mickey remained in my heart and prayers and I lost contact with his family but if anyone knows how I may reach her please pass this message on to her.

With all my love and respect to Mickey and 'all' of the men and women who fought in Viet Nam and every other war before and since.. Thank you and God Bless You and I hope you find your way home.. even if in spirit..

Debra Anne Medina
4448 E. Pine, Fresno, Ca 93703

04 Feb 2007

We are a charity motorcycle club in South Africa. I was in Washington 7 years ago and picked Mickey Wilson's name off the Wall. I got his history from a guy named Ron on the internet. Mickey A Wilson has ridden with us for 6 years.

Lee De Villiers

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 8 January 1973, a UH-1H (tail number 69-15619) of the 62nd Avn Co, 11th Combat Avn Group, was tasked with flying two men from the MACV Regional HQ in Hue on a support mission to several landing zones (LZs) in the vicinity of Quang Tri City, South Vietnam. Aboard the Huey were
  • WO1 Mickey A. Wilson, aircraft commander;
  • WO1 Richard A. Knutson, copilot;
  • SP5 Manuel A. Lauterio, crew chief;
  • SP5 William S. Stinson, gunner;
  • MAJ William L. Deane, passenger; and
  • SSG Elbert W. Bush, passenger.
Normal radio contacts with the 2nd Battalion Technical Operations Center were not established prior to or during the flight. When no radio contact was received by 1500 hours, the operations center queried all landing zones on the aircraft's briefed route to determine its whereabouts. It was learned that the UH-1H had departed Landing Zone Sally at 1430 enroute Quang Tri City.

The Huey had been observed by ground forces as it flew toward Quang Tri City and to cross the Thach Han River into enemy held territory. While northwest of the river, it was seen to circle twice with its door guns firing at an unknown ground target. Enemy automatic weapons fire was heard by friendly ground troops, who also reported seeing three SA-7 ground-to-air missiles fired at the helicopter. The first missile missed but the second and third struck the helicopter. It crashed in a populated but enemy-held area near Ai Tu.

A search and rescue (SAR) operation was initiated and continued through 9 January. SAR aircraft were driven off by small arms and automatic weapons fire as well as multiple SA-7 launches. Ground searches were impossible due to enemy presence. When formal SAR operations were terminated the six men were listed as Missing in Action.

Although intelligence reports indicated that four of the men were alive after the crash, none were repatriated during the POW release in February 1973. They were continued in MIA status.

On 05 Oct 1978 the Secretary of the Army approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for Mickey A. Wilson.

In January 1994 a Joint Task Force team visited the site. After interviewing witnesses who claimed that bodies associated with the incident had been buried in a local cemetery, exhumation produced remains which, after repatriation, were identified as those of Warrant Officer Richard Knutson (10/27/1995). The other five men were still missing.

Another JTF team revisited the site in July-August 1996. The team interviewed witnesses who claimed they buried the remains of several Americans associated with this incident near the crash site and identified a specific location. Excavation produced commingled remains of what the team believed to be the remaining five crewmen. After repatriation, the remains were examined at the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii (CIL-HI). Positive identification for all five men was made through dental records.

Additional information is contained on the
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