HERLIK, QUERIN EDWARD
Name: Querin Edward Herlik Branch/Rank: UNITED STATES ARMY/O4 Unit: 146th AVN CO (RR) "Commander" Date of Birth: 1932 Home City of Record: GREEN BAY WI Date of Loss: 12 February 69 Country of Loss: CAMBODIA Loss Coordinates: 105745 North 1061333 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RU1A Missions: Refno: 1381
Other Personnel in Incident: John Fisher, Laird Osburn, Robert Pryor, all returnees.
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File. Updated in 2004 with information from the Herlik family and the 146th AVN Co (RR) website.
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From: The 146th Avn. Co. (RR) website
"... On February 12, 1969 we had an Otter get shot down in Cambodia with 4 crewmen aboard, one of them one of my best friends--John Fisher. Also on the Otter were Maj. Querin Herlik, CWO2 Laird Osburn and Sp5 Robt. Pryor. I was in the area next to them when they were shot down, and no one could get close. The VC were everywhere, and small arms fire was too thick for the Hueys or jets. They had a firefight for about 30 minutes, before being overwhelmed. Mr. Osburn was badly wounded and separated from the others. The others were with the VC for a few days before being turned over to the Cambodian government. We traced their progress most of the time after the shootdown with the help of Ron Lowhorn, who had a bit of experience with Cambodia. Prince Sihanouk wanted them for propaganda purposes and President Nixon wrote a "letter of friendship" & arranged for their release. They were released to the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh on March 12, 1969, 30 days after their capture. After a quick "debriefing in Saigon, they were sent back to the states.... Jim "Sakk" Frankenfield (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From Col Herlik:
Then Major Herlik was involved in doing radio research (intercepting radio signals) when he and his crew were shot down on February 12, 1969. He spent 30 days as a POW with the VC and Cambodians.
The team destroyed all classified materials before being captured. They were able to kill 6 and wound 8 more VC before capture. The co-pilot, Laird Osburn, was left for dead.
The VC turned the crew over to the Cambodians - and the Cambodians in turn, turned them over to the Australians.
President Nixon obtained their releases on March 11, 1969. All four men survived and returned. Each earned a Silver Star for their actions.
Querin's son Ed graduated from the Air Force Academy and became a fighter pilot. He has since gone on to use the family experience of losing a loved one to an uncertain fate - and being able to rejoice in his homecoming - to aid the families of personnel lost fighting the war on Terrorism.
The PATRIOT'S FUND <<http://patriotsfund.us/>> is dedicated to taking care of those families just as well as generous people the world over took care of the families whose firefighters died in the World Trade Center. The orphans of any American service member who dies in combat during our life and death fight against terrorists (and those who support them) deserve at least as much.
They pledge that the families of our sworn defenders who die in this war are taken care of as well as those New York firefighters.
Ed is not afraid to say "YOU can make a difference." The website further notes: "Freedom is not free. That clich‚ is so familiar that most of us do not think about what it really means:
It means American patriots have shed their blood for our freedom for 11 generations. It means some of them rest in the soil of every continent except Antarctica. It means their families have been left with nearly nothing."
The P.O.W. NETWORK is pleased and proud to help the Herliks celebrate their miracle of Freedom with this outstanding effort.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Col. Quin Herlik recounts experience as POW during Vietnam
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