Billy David HillSergeant First Class
282ND AHC, 212TH AVN BN, 16TH AVN GRP, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
17 December 1946 - 15 December 1975
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The database page for Billy David Hill
REMEMBEREDby one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Although we never met, Billy, I think of you each and every time I walk the ground at the Old French Fort south of Khe Sanh where you, Mac, the LTC, and my Jerry gave all.
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On January 21, 1968, a UH-1D HUEY from the 282nd Aviation Company was tasked as the lead ship in a section inserting ARVN troops at an old French fort approximately 1200 meters east of Khe Sanh. The following Americans were aboard the lead helicopter:
The second UH-1D landed approximately 50-60 feet from the downed aircraft and PVT Jerry W. Elliott, door gunner, and his crewchief exited their aircraft to assist survivors of the downed helicopter. In a matter of seconds, the crewchief returned to his aircraft and advised the pilot to take off immediately because of the intense hostile fire. The aircraft lifted off, leaving Elliott on the ground, circled and returned to the LZ, but could not locate PVT Elliott.
Thus, five Americans were on the ground outside the ARVN defensive perimeter.
Hill had last been seen by CPT Stiner just prior to the aircraft being hit in the compartment in which Hill was manning his machine gun. Stiner stated that Hill was probably struck by the same volley of rounds that downed the aircraft as his machine gun was observed blown to pieces. Stiner searched the area before taking evasive action, but Hill could not be located.
Hill and Elliott were declared Missing in Action. Although it is believed that both men were injured, perhaps mortally, there is no proof that they died.
On 15 December 1975, SSG Billy Hill's status was changed from "Missing in Action" to "Died while Missing". As of 26 May 2001 his remains have not been repatriated.
On 16 August 1976, SSG Jerry Elliott's status was changed from "Missing in Action" to "Died while Missing". As of 11June 2001 his remains have not been repatriated.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 May 2001
Last updated 10/12/2007