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Date Posted: Sun, July 10 2005, 9:36:30
Author: Jeff Northridge
Author Host/IP: dialup-4.246.255.139.Dial1.SanJose1.Level3.net / 4.246.255.139
Subject: Very Strange
In reply to: Joyce Ussery 's message, "Re: Location" on Sat, July 09 2005, 21:56:18

Howdy Joyce;

YD 344510 are the coordinates of La Yang Air Field which is near Quang Tri. I don't know where the name "Lang Vei" comes from. Since the X-coordinates are the same, that would place the crash site exactly 16.9 Km. due south of the air field. The coordinates for LZ Barbara are consistent to within a couple hundred meters so that would place the crash site about 2 Km. east by northeast of LZ Barbara which is more-or-less consistent with saying that it was 1.5 mi. east of the LZ.

Since B/1/5 Cav. was engaged with the enemy near the crash site it is highly unlikely that they would have called in a fire mission on a target over 8.4 Km. away to their west. That is definitely strange.

One thing is certain, two bodies were recovered from the crash. All of the units involved would have counted noses and quickly ascertained in anyone was missing, absent, or unaccounted for. If they only had two names missing and two KIAs, the conclusion would be inescapable that these were the two. Of course, if they had three names unaccounted for, that would could be a problem.

Another possibility is that someone from a completely different outfit just happened to be passing by and was offered the opportunity to have a joy ride in a helicopter in exchange for helping to load some ammo. Even though it wasn't SGT Ussery's normal job to go on resupply missions, if he wasn't doing anything that day, he may have offered to lend a hand.

The only way to get to the bottom of this is to find someone who was there who can either confirm or deny that SGT Ussery was onboard that Huey when it lifted off. It's a mystery that's going to be hard to solve after 37 years.

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