Kerry Brent Love
Second Lieutenant
HHC, 2ND BN, 506TH INFANTRY, 101ST ABN DIV, USARV
Army of the United States
Mesa, Washington
July 04, 1948 to October 23, 1969
KERRY B LOVE is on the Wall at Panel W17, Line 109

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Mesa Washington is where Kerry's parents moved after Kerry graduated from Richland High School, Richland, Washington and his father, Robert F. Love retired from Hanford. Kerry went to public schools in Richland. He went to Officer Candidate School, Ft. Benning, Georgia. Upon completion of his required training, LT Love was sent to Vietnam and was in a "duty unassigned" status working within the 3rd Brigade.

He was pending reassignment per the news notice below, after having started his tour on 13 September 1969. Later records show he had been assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment.

The 28 Oct 1969 news article in the Tri-City Herald, Pasco, Kennewick, Richand Washington notified the area residents with: "Mesa Soldier Killed.    Second Lt. Kerry B. Love, 21, Mesa, died Thursday in Vietnam in a helicopter accident. Love, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Love, Hollingsworth Road, Block 20, had been in Vietnam since 1 Oct (1969). His mother reports he had disembarked from an Army helicopter and was killed when it overturned at take off. The lieutenant was serving with the 101st Airborne Divisions Third Brigade near the demilitarized zone. His parents had not learned of his assignment but he was branch infantry and would probably have been assigned to command a 40-man infantry platoon. He was commissioned upon completion of six months Officer Candidate School, at Fort Benning GA. 15 March. A 1966 graduate of Richland High School he attended Columbia Basin College for a year in 1966 -67. He was born 4 Jul 1948, at Walla Walla. "

The 30 October edition published the following funeral information: "KERRY B. LOVE MESA -- Funeral arrangements for 2nd Lt. Kerry B. Love, 21, Mesa, killed in Vietnam in a helicopter accident Oct. 23 will be handled by Greenlee Funeral Home , Pasco. It is not known when his remains will arrive from Vietnam. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Love, and brother, Dennis.

The accident of the UH-1H Model "Huey", tail number 68-16274 (158th Aviation Battalion flying out of Camp Evans) involved in the incident and mentioned in the news clips above, occurred as follows: A UH-1H helicopter (4 crew/10 passengers) were in the middle of a combat assualt of inserting 180 soldiers from A Co, 2nd Bn, 506th Infantry - 101st Abn. The aircraft involved in the accident was the lead of 6 helicopters. The initial lift into the LZ was without incident. This was their third time there that day dropping off infantrymen. The LZ was small and had several large tree stumps. The area had been cleared out as a Landing Zone by the engineers, but there were some tree stumps still there - some about 3' high. The ground was inclined about 10 degrees. 6 men (including 2LT Love) exited to the right, the other 4 men exited to the left...and all moved about 30' away from the helicopter.

The aircraft commander lifted off to a stabilized 2' hover and did a take-off check. The gunner and crew chief responded with a "clear right" and "clear left". As maximum power was going to be needed to prevent hitting some stumps in front of him, the craft was put into the 2' hoover. All guages looked fine, and power was applied. What the pilot didn't know was that on the right side there was a stump protruding at about a 60 degree angle. The skid had slid under it, but didn't touch it (which would have registered a signal). On full take-off, the skid connected - causing the helicopter to roll and topple hard to the right. The helicopter crashed, and the large rotor blades impacted the ground and the six soldiers next to it....killing all 6 and wounding 4. All of the crew survived, with only the door-gunner receiving a lacerated leg. There were no injuries to the other soldiers that had exited to the left. The helicopter was destroyed but did not burn.

Although the 6 men's death was classfied as an aircraft accident, not under enemy fire, they were completing a combat air assault with the unit. The men who were killed were:

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Kerry Brent Love is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, in Connell Washington.

Kerry Brent Love

2LT KERRY BRENT LOVE

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