Youtsey, Richard Duane, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43171A-Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 315th Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier
Service Years
1954 - 1966
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Manitou Beach, Michigan
Last Address
Da Nang AB, RVN

Casualty Date
Jan 25, 1966
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Hillside Cemetery - Addison, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04E 096

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 Unit Assignments
311th Air Commando Squadron315th Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier
  1965-1966, 311th Air Commando Squadron
  1965-1966, 315th Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier
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  1965-1966 Operation Steel Tiger
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C-123 Provider  
  1965-1966, C-123 Provider
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In Memory of Staff Sergeant Richard Duane Youtsey Let us not forget Staff Sergeant Richard Duane Youtsey, casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Air Force, SSGT Youtsey served our country until January 25th, 1966 in Kontum, South Vietnam. He was 32 years old and was married. Richard died when his plane crashed into the land. His body was recovered. Richard was born on November 24th, 1933 in Manitou Beach, Michigan. SSGT Youtsey is on panel 04E, line 096 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 12 years.

----------- Crashed in a C-123B Tail #54-0702 Got in-country Vietnam on 18 Aug 65

----------- 311th Air Commando Squadron, Da Nang Air Base 1965 The 311th Troop Carrier Squadron was redesignated 311th Air Commando Squadron on March 8, 1965. The squadron flew C-123B cargo aircraft and was assigned to the 315th Air Commando Group. The C-123B Provider, although already obsolete at the time, was found to be useful in Vietnam because of its short takeoff and landing capabilities. It was used extensively to resupply remote Special Forces camps, which often had short and primitive airstrips. These missions were dangerous because the camps were located in areas with strong Vietcong forces. One of its members, Lt Col Joe Jackson, won a Medal of Honor after rescuing a Combat Control Team at Kham Duc Airfield under intense enemy fire on May 12, 1968. This photo series shows the crew of a C-123 preparing a mission. They wear a mixture of grey K-2B flight suits (including the early design with a nylon strip on the chest designed to hold an oxygen mask), OG-107 utility shirts, and 1st pattern jungle jackets. Two of them wear the cowboy or bush hats which became the trademark of Air Commandos during the Vietnam War. -

--------------  1LT Kenneth Gilmore was killed in action during what became known as the "Battle of Cu Nghi", the first significant engagement in Operation MASHER. LT Gilmore probably was an artillery Forward Observer with one of the infantry battalions involved in the fight, which took place between 28-31 Jan 1966 in an area roughly 7 kilometers west of Tam Quan. The Jan 2004 issue of VFW Magazine contains an article entitled "'Graveyard' at LZ 4: Battle of Cu Nghi" by Mr. Al Hemingway; in it Mr. Hemingway says "During the three-day Battle of Cu Nghi (LZ 4), 77 cavalrymen were killed and another 220 wounded. Including the 42 men of A Co., 2nd Bn., 7th Cav, and the four crewmen, 10 helicopter pilots and seven Green Berets, the grand total came to 140 Americans killed. LZ 4 rated its reputation as the 'graveyard.'" Mr. Hemingway's "140 Americans killed" exaggerates matters, which were bad enough. According to the 1st Cavalry Division's After Action Report, 77 1st Cav soldiers were killed during the period 28 Jan-03 Feb inclusive, as Hemingway states. However, The 1st Cav had eight men killed in action between 01-03 Feb, reducing the number killed during the primary engagement (28-31 Jan) somewhat. One soldier from C Co, 1st Bn, 7th Cavalry died of wounds on 02 Feb, but the date he was wounded is not known - he may or may not have been at Cu Nghi.

>>>>The "42 men ... and the four crewmen" refers to the non-hostile loss of C-123B tail number 54-0702, which crashed in the Deo Mang Pass on 25 Jan while ferrying 1st Cav soldiers from An Khe to Bong Son. <<<<<

The "10 helicopter pilots" is slightly in error; although 13 helo aircrew (not all "pilots") died in Binh Dinh Province during the three day period, 6 were killed when CH-47A tail number 63-07913 suffered a transmission failure and crashed 5 miles north of Phu Cat. The other 7 were killed in action. The "seven Green Berets" really relates only to the three members of Recon Team ROADRUNNER missing in action about 19 kilometers west-northwest of Tam Quan. Eight other Special Forces soldiers were killed in action during the period 28-31 Jan, but all were in the Tra Bong-Binh Son area of Quang Ngai Province - far north of the action at Cu Nghi. Quibbling over the numbers, though, doesn't change the primary point: the fighting west of Tam Quan between 28 and 31 Jan inclusive was brutal and very costly to both sides.

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