Pedro Ortiz
Specialist Four
335TH AHC, 145TH AVN BN, 12TH AVN GROUP, 1ST AVIATION BDE, USARV
Army of the United States
Selma, California
January 31, 1946 to May 01, 1967
PEDRO ORTIZ is on the Wall at Panel 19E, Line 7

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A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 01 May 1967 the 335th Assault Helicopter Company was tasked with providing airlift for a combat assault being conducted by the 9th Infantry Division operating out of Bear Cat base. Nine aircraft departed Bien Hoa, climbed to 1500 feet, and proceeded toward Bear Cat in a staggered-left trail formation. While enroute the pilot of the #3 aircraft noted that #2 was in very close formation with the lead aircraft and did not appear to be adjusting his position appropriately when lead maneuvered. When lead began a gentle right turn his blade tips struck the blades of the #2 aircraft. Both aircraft broke up in flight.


Eight men died as a result of the mid-air collision:

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