Bernard Reinhold Terhorst
Major, United States Marine Corps
Name: BERNARD REINHOLD TERHORST
Date of Birth: 3/10/1932
Date of Casualty: 4/19/1969
Home of Record: ST PAUL, MINNESOTA
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: QUANG NAM
TERHORST BERNARD REINHOLD
Name: MAJ Bernard Reinhold Terhorst
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/19/1969 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 37.1
Date of Birth: 03/10/1932
Home City: St Paul, MN
Service: regular component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 26W-012
Short Summary: Died when shot-up CH-46D crashed inverted after loosing all hydraulics while attempting a running landing.
Aircraft: CH-46D tail number 154835
Service number: 068004
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 7562 = Pilot CH-46 Qualified
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Started Tour: 01/20/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 16
Location: Quang Nam Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Helicopter CH-46D 154835
Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter
CH-46D tail number 154835
Passengers and/or other participants:
Submitted by John Van Nortwick, HMM-263 Squadron S-3 at the time of incident. I was flying gunner in the lead bird of a flight of 2 CH-46s flying medevacs. The missions prior to the incident had been quiet ones, so much so that the chase plane's crew was getting bored. They asked to switch to lead on the next mission and did. The next mission was to be a cable extraction through the trees because there was no clearing large enough in which to land. The grunts on the ground said they hadn't received any enemy fire in several hours so no one expected what happened.
MAJ Terhorst maneuvered into a hover over a
hole in the jungle canopy. The crewchief lowered the cable and the Marines
on the ground hooked up the wounded man. As the wounded man was being hoisted
up, the entire perimeter erupted with muzzle flashes. To make a long story
short, they took numerous hits and the pilot tried to fly back to the lowlands
and attempt a landing. However, the hydraulics systems had been shot out
and it was impossible to control the plane. They suddenly did about 359
degrees of a 360 degree loop and crashed in a giant fireball. All six aboard
Posted: 16 August 2009