Fallows, Robert Lane, EN3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
EN-0000-Engineman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Engineman
Primary Unit
1969-1970, EN-0000, NSA Saigon
Service Years
1967 - 1970
EN-Engineman

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Charlotte
Last Address
Charlotte

Casualty Date
Feb 26, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Evergreen Cemetery - Charlotte, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
13W 057

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 Duty Stations
Advancement Schools and CoursesSERE SchoolNaval Inshore Operations Training Center (Faculty Staff)YRBM-21
NSA Saigon
  1967-1967, EN-0000, (EN) Engineman A School
  1968-1968, EN-0000, SERE School
  1968-1968, EN-4313, Naval Inshore Operations Training Center (Faculty Staff)
  1969-1970, EN-0000, YRBM-21
  1969-1970, EN-0000, NSA Saigon
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
CTF-117
NSA SAIGON
YRBM-21

This UH-34D departed the Tan Son Nhut Airbase at approximately 0800H for its daily mission of shuttling mail and passengers to and from the ships and shore installations of the Navy River Forces, to local airstrips where connections are established with C-117 aircraft also belonging to this detachment. The aircraft had completed two trips to the small strip at the hamlet of An Long in order to avoid an excess weight take-off from the USS BENEWAH (APB-35). The aircraft then landed at An Long Airstrip and loaded the six passengers and 1050 lbs of mail. The aircraft departed for the connecting airstring at Long Xuyen and was noted by the radio controlling agency (Chau Duc radio) to have announced commencement of let down very shortly before the accident. Approximately 6 miles north of Long Xuyen, An Giang Province, an unidentified Vietnamese civilian stated that he hear two explosion noises and observed the helicopter turn over two times then fell from the sky, impacting inverted in a dry rice field.

The aircraft clock stopped at 1303H. At approximately 1345H at an ARVN outpost, a helicopter was reported to have crashed. An Giang Province TOC alerted an airborne Army observation aircraft which sighted the wreckage and reported its position XS512538. Flight service was alerted and rescue and recovery operations were initiated by the Army 164th Combat Aviation Group. Gunships were directed to the crash scene to secure the area, and within 45 minutes the Detachment Operations Officer, waiting at Long Xuyen, was at the site for the initial investigation of the wreckage and the removal of the bodies. By nightfall, all bodies save the pilot were removed. The next morning the Aircraft Accident Board arrived and a comprehensive on-site investigation was commenced. The remains of the pilot were removed. At approximately 1400H the removal of the wreckage from the crash site commenced utilizing an Army UH-1 and Ch-47 helicopters. The wreckage was transported to Navy Binh Thuy for further shippage to Tan Son Nhut Airbase. All the UH-34D's components were present on the impact site. The main components (engine, transmission, clutch assembly, main rotor head, etc.) were submitted for tear-down analysis.

Everything seemed to be normal save for the transmission. The transmission contained bits of newspaper and pieces of white plastic. The newspaper was coated with green and gold colored paint and the pieces of white plastic material were identified as parts of a plastic cover similar to that used on an aerosol paint spray can. 9 Personnel were killed in this accident. EN3 Robert Lane Fallows was one of them. He served on board YRBM-21, NAVSUPACT SAIGON, U.S.Naval Forces, Vietnam.
 
   
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