The database page for William Lawrence Deane
Etched In Stone
I went to see the Wall again today,
I had the privilege of serving with Major Deane. He was my boss, the Detachment S-1 and I was the Det's First Sergeant. Major Bill Deane was a fine officer and a wonderful man to work with.
1SG(R) Fred C. Brander
Notes from The Virtual WallOn 8 January 1973, a UH-1H HUEY (tail number 69-15619) of the 62nd Avn Co, 1st Avn Bn, 11th Combat Avn Group, was tasked with flying two men from MACV HQ on a support mission to several landing zones (LZs) in the vicinity of Quang Tri City, South Vietnam. Aboard the HUEY were
The Huey had been observed by ground forces as it flew toward Quang Tri City and to cross the Thach Han River into enemy held territory. While northwest of the river, it was seen to circle twice with its door guns firing at an unknown ground target. Enemy automatic weapons fire was heard by friendly ground troops, who also reported seeing three SA-7 ground-to-air missiles fired at the helicopter. The first missile missed but the second and third struck the helicopter. It crashed in a populated but enemy-held area near Ai Tu.
A search and rescue (SAR) operation was initiated and continued through 9 January. SAR aircraft were driven off by small arms and automatic weapons fire as well as multiple SA-7 launches. Ground searches were impossible due to enemy presence. When formal SAR operations were terminated the six men were listed as Missing in Action.
Although intelligence reports indicated that four of the men were alive after the crash, none were repatriated during the POW release in February 1973. They were continued in MIA status.
On 30 Apr 1979, the Secretary of the Army approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for William Deane.
In January 1994 a Joint Task Force team visited the site. After interviewing witnesses who claimed that bodies associated with the incident had been buried in a local cemetery, exhumation produced remains which, after repatriation, were identified as those of Warrant Officer Richard Knutson (10/27/1995). The other five men were still missing.
Another JTF team revisited the site in July-August 1996. The team interviewed witnesses who claimed they buried the remains of several Americans associated with this incident near the crash site and identified a specific location. Excavation produced commingled remains of what the team believed to be the remaining five crewmen. After repatriation, the remains were examined at the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii (CIL-HI). Positive identification for all five men wwas made through dental records.
Lieutenant Colonel William Deane and the other men were were interred in a common grave in Arlington National Cemetery in April of 2000.
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Julie Karen Jackson
6 Mar 2002
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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