Howard Brisbane Comer, JrChief Warrant Officer
187TH AHC, 269TH AVN BN, 12TH AVN GRP, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
04 June 1945 - 24 November 1969
Panel 16W Line 115
The database page for Howard Brisbane Comer, Jr
You are the uncle that I never knew
I wanted to tell you how much you've influenced my life even though I never met you. I can't explain in words how your willingness to fight for all that is good changed the way I see things in my life. I love you even though I never knew you. It's as if you were always there, and you still are. I know that I can make a difference if I tried, but I could never make an impact the way you did. You are my hero. I am proud to be related to someone who paid the ultimate sacrifice. And I wanted you to know that your faithfulness to your country did not go unnoticed. You will never be forgotten, let's just hope that all the others aren't either. You are never lost in the thoughts of the every-day hassles, I always think of you at least once in the day, and I have much to remind me of you. Your name hangs on my wall as a reminder of exactly how much the military pays in services to our country. Also the men of the 187th whom you served with keep close correspondence with us in celebration of all that you guys did in the paddies & hootches of Nam. I will never forget! Forever I Love you!
Howard B. Comer Jr. was finally brought home and was buried this past year on July 2, 2001 in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. He was the only MIA of the 187th AHC. We are glad that after 32 years he has finally come home. In honor of him and all he has done for this nation.
I want to include a link Howard's Company website because they have all been great friends and have aided me in knowing who my uncle was.
I love you guys!
From his niece,
I wrote this before I took my first trip to DC to visit the Wall and Arlington where you now rest.
I Love You, Uncle Howard.
In Search of You, I Find Me
I never knew you while you lived.
That opportunity was never given to me.
I have so many questions and yet so few answers.
Would we have had anything in common?
Could I relate to you at all?
Would you have encouraged my dreams,
And calmed my fears?
Would I have found in you what has been missing in me?
Would you still have been my Hero?
In my search for you, I found the Brotherhood.
Somehow, you are there with them.
I feel you in the midst of my new found family.
Are you the one that led me Home?
Is it you that reaches out to me through them?
Have I finally found you in the Brothers that love and miss you?
Will you be there at the Garden of Stone returning our Salute?
Will you be watching when I earn my wings?
I may not find the answers to these questions,
In Loving Memory of my Uncle:
And to honor all who served our Great Nation
Notes from The Virtual WallA UH-1H (hull number 68-15564) belonging to the 187th Assault Helicopter Company had been on a routine combat support flight for MACV Advisory Team 90. Before returning to Tay Ninh, which would have completed the 5-1/2 hour flight, the Aircraft Commander elected to fly over the Naval patrol base at Ban Keo. During a low pass over the patrol base, with the Aircraft Commander at the controls, the aircraft impacted the surface of the Vo Co Dung River, pitched forward, and sank inverted in approximately 50 feet of water.
Three of the six men aboard died in the crash:
Notes:The above account is taken from the summary of official reports as collated by the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Association; the accident summary as contained in the VHPA data reads in part
"The Aircraft Commander and the two passengers are the only three known survivors. The crew chief and gunner were recovered dead, and the pilot is still missing."The 187th AHC site, linked above, states that Chief Warrant Officer Comer was the Aircraft Commander and contains the following:
"I was the aviation safety officer and the S3 of the 269th Aviation Battalion from Oct 69 - May 70. (Parent battalion of the 187th at that time). Re: your entry 24 Nov 69 AC UH-1H 68-15564. I investigated the accident. Warrant Officer Ronald Heir was the only survivor, the rest of the crew and all passengers were killed."Neither "J. Picht" or "G. Fredette" are listed in the casualty database.
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
Amy Lee Comer
29 Jan 2002
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 05/24/2005