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Helicopter or incident 62-01963


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 62-01963
Date: 03/15/64
Incident number: 07954ACD Accident case number: 07954 Total Loss Accident
Unit: 114 AHC
South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 5 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 0
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC CPT GAUVIN ROGER EDWARD KIA
P 1LT SHANNON KENNETH ARTHUR KIA
CE SP5 UPTON CARLETON WEBSTER KIA
G PFC HOLGUIN FRANK JOHN KIA

Passengers:
X2 NUA LV, VS, UN, KIA

This record was last updated on 09/20/98

 


The following is crew member information for this incident:

 


Name: CPT Roger Edward Gauvin (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/15/64 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 28.4
Date of Birth: 10/19/35
Home City: Caribou, ME
Service: AR branch of the component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 114 AHC
Major organization: other
Service: AR branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01E-046
Short Summary: Shot down crashing tail first and caught on fire then exploded. LT Kenneth Shannon pilot, Upton & Holguin crew. Gauvin's last flight.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 62-01963
Service number: O2289888
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 10
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information 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: officer
This record was last updated on 07/29/94

 


Name: PFC Frank John Holguin
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/15/64 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 20.8
Date of Birth: 06/14/43
Home City: Los Angeles, CA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 560 MP CO
Major organization: other
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01E-047
Short Summary: Volunteered to be a door gunner with the 114 AHC from the 560th Military Police Company.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 62-01963
Service number: 19764590
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 95B20 = Military Police
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information 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 06/16/01

 


Name: X2 L. V. Nua
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/15/64.
Service: .
Service: .
Short Summary: Shot down crashing tail first and caught on fire then exploded.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 62-01963
Country: South Vietnam
This record was last updated on 07/29/95

 


Name: 1LT Kenneth Arthur Shannon
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/15/64 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 25.5
Date of Birth: 09/22/38
Home City: Lynchburg, VA
Service: AR branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 114 AHC
Major organization: other
Service: AR branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01E-047
Short Summary: Shot down crashing tail first and caught fire. LT John Hitti pulled Shannon out. A/C exploded. AC was 1LT Roger E. Gauvin.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 62-01963
Service number: O5216633
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 06
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information 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: officer
This record was last updated on 07/28/94

 


Name: SP5 Carleton Webster Upton
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/15/64 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 26.5
Date of Birth: 09/10/37
Home City: Lynn, MA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 114 AHC
Major organization: other
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01E-046
Short Summary: Shot down crashing tail first and caught on fire then exploded.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 62-01963
Service number: 11374470
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 03
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information 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 07/28/94

 


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 62-01963
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 .
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

 

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6403   0    0 WAX7AA 114 AHC          VIETNAM                     VS      

 


The above information was provided  by the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.

The following is from the 114th Avn Co. history book, Knights over the Delta, by Steve Stibbens, Editor.

From the Pacific Stars and Stripes:

SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) - Four more American airmen were killed in South Vietnam as Red guerrillas shot down a U.S. helicopter.

The airmen were aboard the helicopter that was hit by ground fire during a Vietnamese government operation Sunday at Gia Ria in Ba Xuyen Province, 100 miles south of Saigon.  They were Lt. Roger E. Gavin, pilot, Caribou, Maine, Lt. Kenneth A. Shannon, co-pilot, Lynchburg, Virginia, SP5 Carleton W. Upton, crew chief, Auburn, California, and PFC Frank J. Holguin, gunner, Los Angeles.

From a letter to home by Lt. John Shaw Sabine IV, Birddog pilot, 73rd RAC.

The last two days have been bad ones for Army Aviation.  Ken Shannon was killed yesterday.  He had been the copilot of a Huey from the 114th, stationed here at Vinh Long.  This was his first mission after a checkout.  He had only been here five days.  I'm sorry that I didn't get to see him but neither of us knew the other was here.  He was flying tail end of a three-ship formation that  was stopping a large group of VC.  The first ship called the other two and said he was receiving ground fire.  The second ship made the same statement as he passed the target.  Then the pilot of the second ship started his turn for a second pass.  At the same time, he looked back at Ken's ship and it was falling, but it appeared to be level.   At this point, he should have seen the stricken ship autorotating.  Nothing like this happened and the ship fell about 300 feet, exploding on impact.  Immediately, the first ship hovered over the wreck, attempting to blow the flames away.  From close by, ARVN troops tried to get the people aboard out and they did get Ken.  It was better that he didn't live.  Also killed were the pilot, Lt Gauvin, the crew chief, the gunner, and the ARVN observer.