John Edward WindfelderSpecialist Five
HQ CO, 1ST BN, 327TH INFANTRY, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
24 September 1947 - 28 November 1971
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The database page for John Edward Windfelder
This is a special page dedicated to my Dad, John E Windfelder.
My greatest wish in life is that I could have known you and appreciated what a special person you were. My mom told me everything she knew about you and how much you loved me. I am so proud of what you have done for us and the sacrifice you endured for our country.
Your legacy lives forever in my heart and I want you to know that I look forward to the day when we will finally meet in heaven.
I love you, Daddy...
Jennifer Lea Windfelder-Craig
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 28 November 1971 a CH-47C (tail number 68-15866) of Company C, 159th ASHB, 101st Airborne, was tasked to conduct an administrative troop lift from Landing Zone 401 (Danang) to Camp Eagle. The lift was delayed due to extremely poor weather, but as the day progressed the weather improved sufficiently for the mission to launch. The CH-47 (PLAYTEX 866) with five crewmen aboard departed home base at 1220, arrived at LZ 401 without incident, and loaded 29 troops aboard. PLAYTEX 866 departed LZ 401 at 1310. At 1328 Hue Approach Control received a call from PLAYTEX 866 stating that he was declaring an emergency. No further contact was made with PLAYTEX 866.
Search and rescue operations were begun at 1340 but were hampered by low ceilings and intermittent rain. At 0840 hours, 2 Dec 71, an OH-6 pilot from the 2nd Bde aviation section reported sighting wreckage that appeared to be the lost CH-47 aircraft. The elevation of the crash site was approximately 650 feet and throughout the search and rescue operation the crash site was shrouded by clouds.
At 1650 2 Dec 71, Company D, 2/502nd Inf, was airlifted from Camp Eagle to a position approximately 2500 meters east of the crash site. The rescue party cut their way through the mountainous jungle terrain and arrived at the crash site at 0830 5 Dec 71.
The aircraft was located in a creek bed approximately 650 feet up the side of a mountain. It had hit a 50 degree slope with great impact causing the fuel cells to rupture and a flash fire resulted. The aircraft was completely demolished and there were no survivors. Thirty-four men were killed in the crash:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 May 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009