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
Other Personnel In Incident: James Klimo; John A. Ware; Jim R. Cavender (all
REMARKS: REMS OF OTHER CREW RECOV - J
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.
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
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.
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.