The database page for Michael Alan Lamusga
I miss you a lot.
From his brother.
A Note from The Virtual WallIn midafternoon 02 June 1971 a "Pink Team" from B Troop, 1/9 Cavalry was alerted to proceed from Bearcat Base to FSB FURR in support of ground troops. A Pink Team consisted of an OH-6 scout helo which would work at low altitude to identify enemy troops and one or two armed helos - usually AH-1G Cobras - which would prosecute any targets found.
In this instance the assigned AH-1G was ready to go, but the OH-6A (tail number 66-17905) needed to be refueled. Because the refueling rig at Bearcat was out of service it was agreed the AH-1 would go ahead to FSB FURR while the OH-1 went to nearby Lassiter Heliport to refuel before joining the AH-1 at FSB FURR. The AH-1 arrived at FURR without difficulty, but after an hour's wait the OH-6 had not arrived. Aware the OH-6 had departed Lassiter some 30 minutes earlier, the AH-1 crew began a search.
The AH-1 crew spotted smoke rising from a field about 2 kilometers north of Highway QL-1 and 9 kilometers west of An Loc Airfield. On arrival it became apparent that the OH-6 had crashed - and that the crash was not survivable. The accident investigation determined the OH-6 had hit high-tension power lines, flipped, and crashed, killing both crewmen: WO Michael A. Lamusga, pilot, and SP4 Danny R. King, gunner, from Sardinia, Ohio.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 13 Jun 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009