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Date Posted: Thu, July 07 2005, 12:52:29
Author: Jeff Northridge
Author Host/IP: dialup- /
Subject: I Can't Help Much More
In reply to: Joyce Ussery 's message, "Re: Give Me A Name" on Thu, July 07 2005, 6:36:29

Howdy Joyce;

You already seem to know more than is usually obtainable. The only thing that I can add is that Carl's middle name is Richard, his MOS was 13E40 (Cannon Fire Direction Specialist), his hometown of record was Norwood, MO, his tour of duty in Vietnam started on 12/3/67, and he was a Baptist. Officially, he is listed as being KIA on 9/28/68 in Quang Tri Province which is way up north just below the DMZ (see http://www.nexus.net/~911gfx/mapne4816.html for some good maps of the area). The reason given is "Non-Hostile, Helicopter--Noncrew, Air Loss, Crash on Land. His body was recovered.

That seems to be consistant with the summary of the accident report below:

A Note from The Virtual Wall
Although a member of Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 77th Arty, Sergeant Carl R. Ussery was attached to HHC, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, as a Forward Observer.
According to the VHPA helicopter incident database, Sergeant Ussery was aboard a resupply flight in a UH-1H (hull number 67-17468) of C Company, 227th Avn Bn, which was shuttling between LZ Nancy and a small tactical LZ, resupplying a ground unit in heavy contact with the enemy. On the third shuttle, the helo contained the four crewmen, a cargo of boxed 82mm mortar ammunition (much of which was white phosphorus), and four passengers going to the unit being resupplied. The passengers were seated on and around the cargo, without seat belts or any form of restraint.

On this approach, at an altitude of perhaps 20 feet, the main rotor struck a large limb near the top of a tall tree, at about the 4 o'clock position to the helicopter. A ground guide was directing the aircraft, and did not see the tree. The aircraft rolled to the right, impacted the ground, and began to burn. Although all four crewmen and two passengers were able to escape the aircraft uninjured, the two remaining passengers (SGT Carl Ussery and CPL Raymond Evans, B/1/5th Cav) died in the accident.

Sergeant Carl Ussery is remembered by his comrades in the
77th Field Artillery Association.

and with a tribute to him posted on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall as follows:

Michael Collins
B 1/5 1st Cavalry Division
Aurora, CO USA
1st Battalion 5th US Cavalry 1st Cavalry Division
Carl served with HHC 1st Battalion 5th US Cavalry 1st Cavalry Division as an FO for 1/77 Artillery. His name is on the HHC Memorial Page at www.ranger25.com He is not forgotten.
Wednesday, August 22, 2001.

There may be some confusion about which unit he was in, but it looks like he was officially in Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) and was attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. The helicopter crew were in C Company, 227th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter), 1st Cav. Div. They were delivering supplies to B Co., 1st Bn., 5th Cav. Rgt.

The only guy that I can see who actually knew SGT Ussery posted a tribute on the VVMW as follows:

Gary Perkins
He Was My RTO in RVN!
5308 East State Road
Cadillac, MI 49601 USA
I was Carl's Forward Observer from March 1968 until he died. Carl was the best Recon Seargent I ever worked with. He was professional and meticulous. If I gave him a job to do, I would normally get a token argument (I expected one), but the job always got done. As I recall he was within a week of his DROS date so he was taken out of the field. I understand he got into a spat with the battalion S3 and volunteered to be an arial observer his last week in country. His chopper crashed. I miss you Carl (BIRTH CONTROL 42)(my call sign) 2LT Gary Perkins, March 1968 - February 1969.
Tuesday, March 26, 2002

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