What was left of #738, where Captain Thornton (Thumper) and Warrant Officer Hamilton lost their lives on a Command and Control (CCN) Mission, Oct. 25, 1969. CE Adair and Gunner Van Durme were the only survivors, and escaped by being thrown out when the helicopter became inverted, before crashing. Photo by Tom Everhart.
U.S. Helicopter Crewchief Watches Ground Movements of Vietnamese Troops
Helmeted U.S. Helicopter Crewchief, holding carbine, watches ground movements of Vietnamese troops from above during a strike against Viet Cong Guerrillas in the Mekong Delta Area, January 2, 1963. The communist Viet Cong claimed victory in the continuing struggle in Vietnam after they shot down five U.S. helicopters. An American officer was killed and three other American servicemen were injured in the action.