HUNTLEY, JOHN NORMAN Name: John Norman Huntley Rank/Branch: E3/US Army Unit: 57th Aviation Company, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade Date of Birth: 01 March 1951 (Spencer MA) Home City of Record: Portland ME Date of Loss: 27 September 1969 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 144351N 1073316E (YB458318) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H Refno: 1493 Other Personnel in Incident: (none 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: PFC John N. Huntley was the door gunner aboard a UH1H helicopter from the 57th Aviation Company, 17th Aviation Group on an extraction mission in Laos. The helicopter was to extract a Special Forces Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) in Attopeu Province. As the helicopter was lifting from the extraction zone with four men attached by McGuire rigs, they were receiving heavy volumes of enemy fire. When the helicopter reached an altitude of 400 feet, gunfire hit the engine and the helicopter began falling. The pilots were able to slow the descent somewhat by autorotation, but survivors of the incident reported that after the helicopter was hit, it bounced, twisted and came to rest burning on its right side. The crew members lost consciousness and regain consciousness just as the pilot and copilot were dragging the apparently lifeless body of Huntley from beneath the helicopter. While they were doing this, they were knocked down by the explosion of the helicopter and had to stop their attempts to rescue the door gunner. Because of intense enemy activity, no further attempts were made to recover Huntley, and it was assumed that his body was consumed by the blazing aircraft. He was listed as Killed, Body not Recovered, with a strong probability that the enemy knows his fate. Huntley is one of nearly 600 Americans lost in Laos. Although his case seems clear, others cannot be resolved so easily. Many of the pilots and men on the ground lost in Laos were alive the last time they were seen. Some were in radio contact with would-be rescuers. A few were photographed in captivity. Although the Pathet Lao stated publicly that they held "tens of tens" of American prisoners, the U.S. refused to negotiate with a "government" they did not officially recognize. Consequently, no American held in Laos was ever released. Although the young door gunner lost on September 27, 1969 is apparently never going to come home, one can imagine him eagerly providing covering fire in an attempt to bring his comrades to freedom.
From - Thu Jul 16 15:32:55 1998
Subject: POW: Request
We have been asked by the sister of JOHN N.
SANDRA (HUNTLEY) GALLANT,
to see if there is someone that was with JOHN at the time of the crash of his chopper SEPT 27 1969,
in or over LAOS.
She would like to speak with anyone who may have
known her brother. She was a young girl
when Casualty came to speak with her mother and Sandra is unable to remember what was said.
If there someone that remembers JOHN HUNTLEY, his sister would like to speak with them.
Please get in contact with Michael L. Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org