Helicopter UH-1C 66-00528

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00528
The Army purchased this helicopter 0766
Total flight hours at this point: 00000575
Date: 11/23/67
Accident case number: 671123031
Unit: 355 AVN
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 56382
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P W1 MCCOY RF
CE E5 ROLLINS CA
G E4 HOHNSON BL

Accident Summary:

The pilot was reducing the power for a rocket run when the aircraft shuddered and the low RPM warning system activated. An autorotation was made to a brush covered area.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00528
The Army purchased this helicopter 0766
Total flight hours at this point: 00001206
Date: 01/01/69
Incident number: 69010101.KIA
Unit: ACT/11 ACR
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
for Command and Control
Unknown this helicopter was in Orbit at UNK feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (GRENADE)
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 KIA, 01 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P3, 00101 ()

Crew Members:
CE SFC YANO RODNEY JAMES TAKASHI KIA
This record was last updated on 05/25/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: SFC Rodney James Takashi Yano (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/01/69 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 25.1
Date of Birth: 12/13/43
Home City: Kealakekua, HI
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 11 ACR
Major organization: 11th Armored Cavalry
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 35W-018
Short Summary: Received the Congressional Medal of Honor for throwing burning ammunition out of his C&C helicopter saving crew and passengers.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00528
Service number: 10116085
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67M40 = OH-13/OH-23 Helicopter Repairman
Compliment cause: unknown
Started Tour: 01/03/67
"Official" listing: ground casualty
Length of service: 06
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
YANO, RODNEY J. T. Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Place and date: Near Bien Hao, Republic of Vietnam, 1 January 1969. Entered service at: Honolulu, Hawaii. Born: 13 December 1943, Kealakekua Kona, Hawaii. Citation: Sfc. Yano distinguished himself while serving with the Air Cavalry Troop. Sfc. Yano was performing the duties of crew chief aboard the troop's command-and-control helicopter during action against enemy forces entrenched in dense jungle. From an exposed position in the face of intense small arms and antiaircraft fire he delivered suppressive fire upon the enemy forces and marked their positions with smoke and white phosphorous grenades, thus enabling his troop commander to direct accurate and effective artillery fire against the hostile emplacements. A grenade, exploding prematurely, covered him with burning phosphorous, and left him severely wounded. Flaming fragments within the helicopter caused supplies and ammunition to detonate. Dense white smoke filled the aircraft, obscuring the pilot's vision and causing him to lose control. Although having the use of only 1 arm and being partially blinded by the initial explosion, Sfc. Yano completely disregarded his welfare and began hurling blazing ammunition from the helicopter. In so doing he inflicted additional wounds upon himself, yet he persisted until the danger was past. Sfc. Yano's indomitable courage and profound concern for his comrades averted loss of life and additional injury to the rest of the crew. By his conspicuous gallantry at the cost of his life, in the highest traditions of the military service, Sfc. Yano has reflected great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Reason: other causes
Casualty type: Hostile - died of wounds
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Mongolain
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 10/20/99


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00528
The Army purchased this helicopter 0766
Total flight hours at this point: 00001206
Date: 01/23/69
Unit: ACT/11 ACR
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
This was an Unknown mission
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at 0200 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 3 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Canopy
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted or delayed after completing some mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P3, 02301 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00528
The Army purchased this helicopter 0766
Total flight hours at this point: 00001206
Date: 02/03/69
Unit: ACT/11 ACR
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was an Unknown mission
While On Target this helicopter was Attacking at 0030 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 4 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Bottom
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P3, 03401 ()


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 66-00528
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0766.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6610  25   68 1478   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6611   0   68 1478   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6612   0   68 1478   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6701   8   76 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6702  52  128 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6703 100  228 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6704  23  251 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6705  64  315 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6706  28  343 3320   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6707  91  434 3320   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6708  35  469 3320   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6709  52  521 3320   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6710  25  546 3320   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6711  29  575 3320   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6712   2  577 3320   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6801  31  608 3320   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6802  22  630 3320   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6803  22  652 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6804  15  667 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6805  35  702 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6806  26  728 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6807  40  768 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6808  60  828 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6809  71  899 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6810 102 1001 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6811  53 1054 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6812  75 1129 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6901  77 1206 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6902   0 1206 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6903   0 1206 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6904   0 1206 WDFHAA HHC 520T BN34GP  VIETNAM                     RVN
6905   0 1206 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6906   0 1206 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6907   0 1206 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6908   0 1206 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6909   0 1206 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6910   0 1206 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6911   0 1206 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6912   0 1206 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
7001   0 1212 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
7002   0 1212 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
7003   0 1212 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
7004  58 1270 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7005  70 1340 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7006  52 1392 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7007  53 1445 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7008  58 1503 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7009  38 1541 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7010  20 1561 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7011  26 1587 WC7ZAA 155 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7012  21 1608 WC7ZAA 155 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7101   3 1611 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7102  69 1680 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7103   0 1680 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7104  86 1766 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7105  66 1832 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7106  59 1891 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7107  84 1975 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7108  40 2015 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7109  61 2076 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7110   0 2076 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7111  10 2086 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7112  41 2127 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7201  47 2174 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7202  42 2216 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7203   0 2216 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVSCOM
7204   0 2216 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVSCOM
7205   0 2216 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVSCOM
7206   0 2216 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVSCOM
7207   0 2216 W0Y6AA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVSCOM
7208   6 2222 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVSCOM
7209   0 2222 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVSCOM
7210   1 2223 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVSCOM
7211   1 2224 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVSCOM
7212  14 2238 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7301   7 2245 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7302   7 2252 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7303   5 2257 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7304   0 2257 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7305   0 2257 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7306   2 2259 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7307  14 2273 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7308   8 2281 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7309   7 2288 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7310   5 2293 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7311   9 2302 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7312   2 2304 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7401  10 2314 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7402   8 2322 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7403   0 2322 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7404   7 2329 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7405  20 2349 WPE9D0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7409   0 2349 W0MUAA US ARMY DEPOT    5TH ARMY   CORPUS CHRISTI   AMC
7410   0 2349 W0MUAA US ARMY DEPOT    IN MAINT   CORPUS CHRISTI   AVSCOM
7411   0 2349 W0MUAA US ARMY DEPOT    IN MAINT   CORPUS CHRISTI   AVSCOM
7412   0 2349 W0MUAA US ARMY DEPOT    IN MAINT   CORPUS CHRISTI   AVSCOM
7501   0 2349 W0MUAA US ARMY DEPOT    AWTG DISP  CORPUS CHRISTI   AVSCOM
7502   2 2351 W0MUAA DIR OF SUPPLY    IN TRANSIT CORPUS CH AD     AVSCOM
7503   0 2351 W0MUAA DIR OF SUPPLY    IN MAINT   CORPUS CH AD     AVSCOM
7504   2 2353 WPZUAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7505  15 2368 WPZUAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7506  14 2382 WPZUAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7507   8 2390 WPZUAA DIR OF SUPPLY    IN MAINT   RED RIVER AD     AVSCOM
7508   7 2397 WPZUAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7509   6 2403 WPZUAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7510  35 2438 WPZUAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7511  11 2449 WPZUAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7512  24 2473 WPZUAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI



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