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Vietnam: Merle Floyd Butler, II Warrant Officer 176TH AHC, 14TH AVN BN, 16TH AVN GROUP, AMERICAL DIV, USARV

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    Arrow Vietnam: Merle Floyd Butler, II Warrant Officer 176TH AHC, 14TH AVN BN, 16TH AVN GROUP, AMERICAL DIV, USARV

    This is the only Vietnam War era medal that I had the honor of caring for. How very tragic the loss of such a young man...and on his first mission.


    Merle Floyd Butler II
    Warrant Officer

    PERSONAL DATA
    Home of Record: Lakewood, NY
    Date of birth: 12/09/1947

    MILITARY DATA
    Service: Army of the United States
    Grade at loss: W1
    Rank: Warrant Officer
    ID No: W3162950
    MOS: 062B: Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
    Length Service: 01
    Unit: 176TH AHC, 14TH AVN BN, 16TH AVN GROUP, AMERICAL DIV, USARV

    CASUALTY DATA
    Start Tour: 11/13/1968
    Casualty Date: 02/24/1969
    Incident Date: 02/24/1969
    Age at Loss: 21
    Location: Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam
    Remains: Body recovered
    Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
    Casualty Reason: Helicopter - Crew

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    Default Re: Vietnam: Merle Floyd Butler, II Warrant Officer 176TH AHC, 14TH AVN BN, 16TH AVN GROUP, AMERICAL DIV, USARV

    Helicopter UH-1D 63-12999

    Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 63-12999
    The Army purchased this helicopter 1164
    Total flight hours at this point: 00001758
    Date: 02/24/1969
    Incident number: 69022444.KIA
    Unit: 176 AHC
    South Vietnam
    UTM grid coordinates: BT300151
    Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
    Loss to Inventory

    Crew Members:
    AC WO1 MCALLISTER ANGUS W JR KIA
    P WO1 BUTLER MERLE FLOYD II KIA
    CE SP5 FORD RICHARD WAYNE KIA
    G SP4 BAILEY JON KIA
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    Default Re: Vietnam: Merle Floyd Butler, II Warrant Officer 176TH AHC, 14TH AVN BN, 16TH AVN GROUP, AMERICAL DIV, USARV

    Quote by Steven M View Post
    This is the only Vietnam War era medal that I had the honor of caring for. How very tragic the loss of such a young man...and on his first mission.


    Merle Floyd Butler II
    Warrant Officer

    PERSONAL DATA
    Home of Record: Lakewood, NY
    Date of birth: 12/09/1947

    MILITARY DATA
    Service: Army of the United States
    Grade at loss: W1
    Rank: Warrant Officer
    ID No: W3162950
    MOS: 062B: Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
    Length Service: 01
    Unit: 176TH AHC, 14TH AVN BN, 16TH AVN GROUP, AMERICAL DIV, USARV

    CASUALTY DATA
    Start Tour: 11/13/1968
    Casualty Date: 02/24/1969
    Incident Date: 02/24/1969
    Age at Loss: 21
    Location: Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam
    Remains: Body recovered
    Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
    Casualty Reason: Helicopter - Crew

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    Steve,
    Very nice tribute to a young aviator. May he rest in peace.

    Terry

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    Default Re: Vietnam: Merle Floyd Butler, II Warrant Officer 176TH AHC, 14TH AVN BN, 16TH AVN GROUP, AMERICAL DIV, USARV

    Quote by hawk3370 View Post
    Steve,
    Very nice tribute to a young aviator. May he rest in peace.

    Terry
    Thank you Major. I though this Heart would be a little extra special for you to see because of the MOS.

    Needless to say, I am grateful that your name is not honored on the Vietnam Memorial Wall...
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