BUSH, ELBERT WAYNE Remains returned 1996 - Id'd 10/04/99
Name: Elbert Wayne Bush Rank/Branch: E6/US Army Unit: AGC Army Advisory Group Headquarters - MACV Date of Birth: 13 October 1946 (Starksville MS) Home City of Record: Jackson MS Date of Loss: 08 January 1973 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 16421N 1070956E (YD324528) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 1 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H Refno: 1978
Other Personnel in Incident: William L. Deane; Richard A. Knutson; Manuel A. Lauterio; William S. Stinson; Mickey A. Wilson (all missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 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 1998.
SYNOPSIS: WO1 Richard Knutson, pilot; WO1 Mickey A. Wilson, aircraft commander; SP5 William S. Stinson, gunner; SP5 Manuel A. Lauterio, crew chief; and SSgt. Elbert W. Bush and Maj. William L. Dean, both passengers; were aboard a UH1H helicopter (serial #69-15619) that flew in support of the American Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese Airborne Division in Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces, working between the provincial capitals of Hue and Quang Tri.
On January 8, 1973, at about 1430 hours, the aircraft had departed a landing zone en route to other LZs without making radio contact with the 2nd Battalion Technical Operations Center. When no radio contact was received by 1500 hours, the other LZs were queried. The helicopter did not go to either of the two designated LZs, nor had any communication been established with them.
The helicopter's intended route would have taken it northwest toward Quang Tri, with a left turn to an LZ south of the Thach Han River. Although the helicopter failed to contact either LZ along the route, it was later seen flying northwest toward Quang Tri City and crossing the Thach Han River into enemy held territory. While in this area, the helicopter was seen to circle with door guns firing. Enemy automatic weapons fire was heard, and a direct hit was made on the tail boom by a missile, reportedly an SA7.
Aerial searches of the suspected crash site on January 8 and 9 failed to locate either the wreckage or the crew. The aircraft was shot down less than three weeks before American involvement in the war came to an official end.
Intelligence reports indicated that of the six men aboard, four were seen alive on the ground. Further information indicated that the aircraft did not explode or burn on impact. The families of the men assumed that their loved ones would be released with the other POWs. Some were even so informed.
But the crew of the UH1H was not released, and have not been released or found since that day. As thousands of reports of Americans alive in Southeast Asia mount, these familes wonder if their men are among the hundreds thought to be still alive.
======================================= FLORIDAY TODAY - Friday April 7, 2000
Time to remember Vietnam victims
....At 9 a.m. next Friday at Arlington National Cemetery, Ingrid Deane of Melbourne will witness the latest chapter in accurate accounting when her late husband, Lt. Col. William L. Deane, is buried with full military honors. She says her 27-year struggle to cope with a loss that ultimately was verified by dental records in 1998 is too painful to discuss at this time. She asked that the names of his colleagues who'll be buried with him appear in print: Mickey A. Wilson, Elbert W. Bush and William S. Stinson....