Michael Gene WarnickSpecialist Four
68TH AHC, 145TH AVN BN, 12TH AVN GRP, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
31 July 1949 - 02 October 1970
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The database page for Michael Gene Warnick
I lost my brother, Michael Gene Warnick, in Vietnam on October 2, 1970.
The official listing says that he died in non hostile circumstances. That is entirely untrue, his crew chief came to visit my mother and told her the real truth. He was in a Huey on a mission to rescue troops on the ground in Cambodia when they were shot down. I would dearly love to see his name in your listing.
It is my hope to someday be able to go to Washington to visit the Wall. I have seen the Moving Wall 3 times and each time it takes my heart and throws it to the wind.
No one will ever be able to understand the loss I still carry in my heart after all these years.
An American Hero
Michael was a brave American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and the people of the Republic of Vietnam whom he went to help. His service and sacrifice will always be remembered by his family and his fellow unit members.
Michael was a member of the 68th Assault Helicopter Company "Top Tigers" who proudly server in the Republic of Vietnam from 1964 to 1972. To see a dedication to this unit member go to the web site dedicated to the unit at www.68thahc.com and click on the menu area "In Memory" and the member's name or click on this
direct link to his page.
If you have any photos of this fallen hero please contact the website webmasters to have those photos listed on the website under their name.
Thank you for your service.
A Note from The Virtual WallAccording to the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Association database, which is derived from Army Safety Center records, UH-1D hull number 64-13526 was one of three aircraft on a troop drop-off mission. The first two aircraft in the flight departed base at about 1210 and proceeded toward Fire Base Lynch in Phuoc Tuy Province; 64-13526 was delayed by 2 to 3 minutes and the pilot intended to take up a distant trail position. Instead, as the aircraft cleared the barriers it lost power. The pilot started a shallow left-hand turn to return to the PZ but struck a 110-foot-high tree at about 75 feet above ground. The Huey fell at a 60-degree angle, impacting in a right-hand descent some 75 feet from the tree. Although the fuselage did not break up, there was a fire. Seven of the nine men aboard died in the crash:
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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