Name: Lucius Lamar Heiskell
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 03 February 1940
Home City of Record: Memphis TN
Date of Loss: 06 February 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 174600N 1054800E (WE847643)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: HH3E
Refno: 0591

Other Personnel in Incident: Donald J. Hall; Richard A. Kibbey; Patrick H.
Wood (all missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 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.


SYNOPSIS: On February 6, 1967, Capt. Lucius L. Heiskell was a pilot and was
flying an O1F aircraft on a visual reconnaissance mission with another O1F
when his aircraft was struck by enemy fire forcing him to bail out. His
parachute was followed to the ground and voice contact with him indicated
that immediate rescue was not feasible due to enemy troops in the area.

Beeper signals continued and later an HH3E helicopter flown by Maj. Patrick
H. Wood was dispatched to recover Heiskell. He was at this time located near
the border of Laos and North Vietnam about 5 miles from the Mu Gia Pass.
Wood's crew that day included Capt. Richard A. Kibbey and SSgt. Donald J.

Heiskell was hoisted aboard, but as the helicopter was departing the area,
it was hit by ground fire causing it to explode and crash. The helicopter
pararescueman survived and was treated for burns. The remainder of the crew,
Hall, Kibbey and Wood, as well as Heiskell, were not located.

When 591 Americans were released in 1973, Heiskell and the crew of the HH3E
was not among them. They were numbered with nearly 3000 Americans who
remained missing, prisoner, or unaccounted for at the end of the war.

Since American involvement in Vietnam ended in 1975, over 10,000 reports
relating to Americans missing, prisoner, or otherwise unaccounted for in
Indochina have been received by the U.S. Government. Many officials, having
examined this largely classified information, have reluctantly concluded
that many Americans are still alive today, held captive by our long-ago

Whether Heiskell and the crew of the HH3E survived the crash of their
aircraft to be captured is not known. It is not known if they might be among
those thought to be still alive today. What is certain, however, is that as
long as even one American remains alive, held against his will, we owe him
our very best efforts to bring him to freedom.


From: "Steve Whitton"
Subject: Patrick Wood 6-Feb-67
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2012 17:20:09 -0700



Thanks for your good work.

Attached is my research on Patrick H. Wood

Steve Whitton





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On February 6, 1967, an 0-1F Bird Dog departed Nakhom Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base on a visual reconnaissance and forward air control mission against a target south of Na Tinh, North Vietnam. While over the target, the Bird Dog was damaged by ground fire and the pilot was forced to bail out and evade enemy forces in the jungle. Two search and rescue (SAR) helicopters were dispatched to try to extract the pilot. One of these helicopters, an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (tail number 65-12779) recovered the 0-1F pilot, but was hit by enemy ground fire, caught fire, exploded and crashed one mile from the pick-up point. Two men, one a crew member aboard the helicopter and the second a SAR specialist, were blown free of the helicopter when it exploded and were rescued the next day. The pilot and copilot of the helicopter, as well as the 0-1F pilot, died in the crash.

Captain Lucius Lamar Heiskell, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Tennessee, served with the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron. He was the O-1F pilot rescued by the Jolly Green Giant when it was shot down on February 6, 1967, and his remains were not recovered. While carried in the status of MIA, the Air Force promoted Capt Heiskell to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Heiskell is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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