Archie Andrew HaymanCaptain
B TRP, 7TH SQDN, 17TH CAV RGT, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
08 February 1940 - 02 April 1968
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The database page for Archie Andrew Hayman
I never met Archie Andrew Hayman, but he is a relative of my late mother, Kathryn L. (Hayman) Freund. She originally lived in Reedsville Ohio, and later moved to Long Bottom Ohio.
His name can be found on Panel 47E, Line 39.
The following is an accounting of his death, culled from the Vietnam War History of B/7/17 CAV.
B/7/17 Cav's Scouts and Guns were on station in an operating area southwest of Polei Kleng. The morning began as usual, the Scouts received light automatic weapons (AW) fire. The Guns returned the fire silencing the enemy weapons. The Scouts continued to work the area initiating light contact throughout the morning. They acquired only 1 extra hole in a LOH but no casualties. Airstrikes were called in on the enemy position.
Bomb damage assessments were conducted following each airstrike and the Air Force was credited with the destruction of many bunkers with interconnecting tunnels in 2 separate complexes.
At 1212, CPT Hayman, the Scout Platoon Leader, was directing the Scout team on station conducting a VR of a suspected NVA base camp. He received intense anti-aircraft and automatic weapons fire from 360 degrees of his location. His LOH (OH-6A 65-12988) was brought down by the enemy fire which killed the pilot, CPT Hayman, and wounded the observer, PSG M. C. Hood, prior to ground impact. The LOH immediately burst into flames. PSG Hood, although wounded, crawled around to the opposite side of the aircraft and pulled CPT Hayman's dead body from the burning wreckage. The gunships were employing all types of armament to silence the constant AWs in the area.
The C&C helicopter called for an immediate airstrike and received two flights of fighters. They were employed as near the downed aircraft and crew as safety would permit. The Blues, with reinforcements, were inserted 800 meters west of the downed OH-6A.
Just prior to their reaching the downed LOH, two individuals were rapelled in on top of it to extract PSG M. C. Hood. PSG Hood was extracted by DUSTOFF to the 71st Evac at Pleiku. The Blues reached the downed LOH. The individual equipment of the crew together with the remains of CPT Hayman were extracted with the Blues and the OH-6A was destroyed in place.
From a relative,
As a Hayman who served in the United States Army I salute you.
I am Staff Sergeant Ward, a member of the U. S. Army for 12 years. My mother is Captain Hayman's Cousin, and I knew his mother well.
REST IN PEACE, BROTHER.
I served as a platoon leader in B Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry Regiment with Archie Hayman when it was trained at Fort Knox for deployment in the spring and summer of 1967. We served together until he was killed in action in RVN. Archie was in the Scout Platoon, which flew Hughes OH-6 reconnaissance helicopters. He was a section leader over a team of two helicopters. I remember him best as a man who had compassion and encouragement for those who were working on personal problems. Archie had my utmost respect and admiration.
LTC Dan Dantzler (USAR Retired)
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 9 Jan 2002
Last updated 06/24/2006