ALFORD, TERRY LANIER

See 2015 note below.

Name: Terry Lanier Alford
Rank/Branch: W1/US Army
Unit: 281st Aviation Company, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade
Date of Birth: 22 October 1947 (Houston TX
Home City of Record: Pasadena TX
Date of Loss: 04 November 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 123327N 1085304E (BP702890)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H
Refno: 1515

Other Personnel In Incident: James Klimo; John A. Ware; Jim R. Cavender (all
missing)

Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S.
Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families,
published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 2020.

REMARKS: REMS OF OTHER CREW RECOV - J


SYNOPSIS: On November 4, 1969, WO Terry L. Alford, aircraft commander; WO1
Jim R. Cavender, pilot; SP4 John A. Ware, crew chief; and SP4 James R.
Klimo, door gunner; were flying a series of combat support missions in a
UH1H helicopter (serial #67-19512) in South Vietnam.

WO Alford was returning to his base at Nha Trang from Duc Lap at about 1920
hours when he made his last known radio contact with the 48th Aviation
Company Operations at Ninh Hoa. Either the pilot or aircraft commander gave
his approximate location as Duc My Pass, and stated he was in the clouds and
instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). Shortly afterwards, the
controller at Ninh Hoa heard a radio transmission that WO1 Alford was in
trouble. The pilot reported, inexplicably, that the helicopter was flying
upside down.

The Defense Department has told family members that the helicopter was on a
secondary mission heading toward a buffer zone between Cambodia and South
Vietnam, an area in the Central Highlands the helicopter was in by mistake.
The helicopter is not believed to have been shot at. Search efforts were
conducted for six consecutive days, but nothing was found.

According to the Defense Department, one crewmember's body was recovered at
a later time, but no remains were ever found that could be identified as
Alford, Klimo, Ware or Cavender. The four crew members were not among the
prisoners of war that were released in 1973. High ranking officials admit
their dismay that "hundreds" of suspected American prisoners of war did not
return. Klimo's sister has identified her brother as one of the prisoners of
war pictured in a Vietnamese propaganda leaflet.4

 

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On 1/14/2015 12:32 PM, keith.bodine.kb45 wrote:

I have some great news. A friend, Terry Alford, has been found. He was POW/MIA IN Vietnam
in Nov.04, 1969. I have kept in touch with his sister and today she told my wife his crashed
helicopter was found. There were lots of gear found along with bones. His sister said it will
take a year to get the results.

It's official according to his sister. They are elated. His parents died a couple years ago, or
longer. It broke their hearts. All this time and he has been with them. He was a CWO 1. He
disappeared on radar while trying to make it back in a fog. One report was that a villager
saw his chopper flying upside down. If that's true, he didn't do it long.

I have worn Terry's bracelet since 1969. I have a special page in my website honoring him.
I'm very excited and still a little  sad. Thanks for allowing me to vent.

Yours truely. Keith Bodine.

 

Subject: CW 2 Terry Alford
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2020 19:13:53 -0500
From: Karen Rosewater <ksr61@hotmail.com>
   
Dear family of Terry Alford, I was given this bracelet when I was a teenager in the 70ís. I always
wondered if Terry came home. I wore his bracelet all the time when I was younger. I put away at
some point in time, hoping someday to find out if he came home. I found it today doing some cleaning.
I now know what happened, I was hoping I would find out he was ok. But I see unfortunately not.
I am very sorry. I still have his bracelet and will pass down to my kids. Unless you would like it.

Karen Rosewater.
February 17 2020
 

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On November 4, 1969, a UH-1H Iroquois (#67-19512) took off from Duc Lap, South Vietnam on a nighttime flight to Nha Trang, South Vietnam. Weather conditions were poor. Shortly after a radio communication reporting the helicopter's position near Duc My Pass, an air traffic controller at Ninh Hoa received an emergency distress message from the crew. There was no further contact and the helicopter never reached its destination. Search and rescue operations began the next morning as soon as there was daylight for visibility and continued for six days, but search personnel were unable to locate the helicopter, a crash site, or any of the crew members.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Terry Lanier Alford, who entered the U.S. Army from Texas, served with the 281st Aviation Company, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade and was the aircraft commander of this UH-1 at the time of its loss. He remains unaccounted for. Today, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Alford is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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