L CO (LRRP), 75TH INF RGT, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
09 March 1950 - 15 February 1971
Raton, New Mexico
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The database page for Gabriel Trujillo
REMEMBEREDby a home-town friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallSeven men died in the crash of a UH-1H helicopter (tail number 68-16554) from B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry:
The flight back to Camp Eagle was in instrument conditions. As the aircraft approached Camp Eagle, the pilot reported vertigo and turned control over to the copilot. A normal ground-controlled approach (GCA) was established with the aircraft proceeding inbound until about the three-mile point, where the aircraft descended below glide slope in a right turn and disappeared from the GCA controller's radar scope. At about 1952 hours the aircraft impacted nose-low, broke up, and burned. There were no survivors.
According to an informal report, the dangling McGuire rig had caught in trees and pulled the aircraft to earth.
Sergeant Trujillo's brother, PVT Paul Trujillo, died in Vietnam on 04 Nov 1971.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009