WORTHINGTON, RICHARD CHARLES JR. Name: Richard Charles Worthington, Jr. Rank/Branch: W2/US Army Unit: Company B, 158th Aviation Battalion, 160th Aviation Group, 101st Airborne Division Date of Birth: 19 March 1946 Home City of Record: Bothell WA Date of Loss: 06 May 1970 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 1647043N 1065043E (XD968382) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H Refno: 1612 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. Other Personnel in Incident: Frank S. Hernandez (missing) REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On May 6, 1970, CW2 Richard C. Worthington, pilot; WO1 Robert L. Kirk, co-pilot; SP4 William C. Weiss Jr., crew chief; and SP4 Frank S. Hernandez, gunner; were the crew of a UH1H helicopter (serial #68-15663) which was in a flight of several other helicopters laying a smoke screen on a landing zone near enemy positions in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. During the mission this helicopter had a mid-air collision with another helicopter and crashed. A survivor from the other helicopter stated that Worthington's helicopter skid had struck the main rotor of his helicopter. He indicated that he had not seen any hostile fire. A search team was sent to the site on the same day (May 6) and found 2 bodies which were identified as the remains of WO Kirk and SP4 Weiss. There were no signs of anyone having left the crash site area. It was believed that there was no survivors of the crash. (NOTE: the crew and occupants of the second helicopter apparently survived the crash. While damage to a rotor blade generally means a subsequent crash, the aircraft may have been flying at a low enough altitude to lessen the impact.) Hernandez and Worthington were classified Killed/Body Not Recovered. They are listed with honor among the missing because their bodies remain on enemy soil. Unlike most Americans missing in Southeast Asia, it is unlikely that the cases of Hernandez and Worthington can be resolved by the return of remains. Since American involvement in Indochina ended in 1975, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans still missing in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Most authorities now believe that there are still hundreds of these fighting men alive in communist prisons. For the deaths of Hernandez and Worthington, as well as over 58,000 other Americans to have an honorable meaning, the war must have an honorable end - the return of all living Americans and the fullest possible accounting of the missing.