Alho, Antonio Lopez, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
A462X0-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Weapons and Munitions
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 20th Special Operations Squadron - Green Hornets
Service Years
1966 - 1969
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Naugatuck, CT
Last Address
Nha Trang AB

Casualty Date
Mar 26, 1969
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Khanh Hoa (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W 042, Cemetery Unknown

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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
14th Special Operations Wing20th Special Operations Squadron - Green Hornets
  1968-1969, 14th Special Operations Wing
  1968-1969, 20th Special Operations Squadron - Green Hornets
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1969 Vietnam War
  1968-1969 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)  
  1968-1969, UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 26 March 1969 a UH-1 (tail number 63-13158) of the 20th SOS went down. While hostile fire was the suspected cause, the only certainties are that the aircraft was flying at about 4,000 feet when a severe vibration began. The pilot began an auto-rotation to earth, but control was lost during the descent. The main rotor came apart, severing the tail boom. The aircraft crashed and burned near Duc My, SVN, 12 minutes north of Nha Trang, SVN. Eight men died in the crash.

According to Jim Henthorn, who has compiled a history of USAF helicopter losses, there was one survivor - a Sergeant Joslyn.

The location of his remains is unknown.
Other than the simple things from his younger life such as being a Boy Scout, being a Ham operator and member of the highschool Portuguese Club, he was an avid collector of rocks and fossils.

He was trained at Lowry AFB in weapons mechanics, apparently, and became a gunner with the 20th SOS at Nha Trang.

He received a DFC, and 3 clusters to his Air Medal.

Source: 612: Biographies of the 612 Connecticut Men who Died in Vietnam, compiled by students at Captain Nathan Hale Middle School, Coventry, CT, 2002. Their research was done through interviews, internet research, etc. Contribution to the Teach Vietnam Teachers Project, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Washington, D.C. (source: Skip Kimbrow)


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