Summary

Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Chief Shipfitter (Navy) OR Sergeant First Class (Army) 2
Birth:
26 Jun 1946 2
Death:
02 Sep 1975 2
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Full Name:
Anthony Frank Housh 2
Birth:
26 Jun 1946 2
Male 2
Death:
02 Sep 1975 2
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 2
Age at Death: 29 2
Body Recovered: Not recovered 2
Casualty Date: 19 Apr 1968 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Missing 2
Residence:
Hometown: Newton, IL 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Married 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Chief Shipfitter (Navy) OR Sergeant First Class (Army) 2
Battalion:
228th Sup Hel Bn 2
Company:
B Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E7 2
Major Command:
1st Cav Div 2
Service:
Army 2
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 48 2
Panel: 50E 2

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The CH47 on which Anthony Housh was flight engineer and Michael Wallace was crew chief was hit by 50 calibre and 37 mm ground fire on its approach to the LZ. Housh and Wallace jumped from the aircraft from an altitude of 50-100 feet above the jungle canopy. The others were rescued. No trace of Housh and Wallace was ever found. They were declared Missing In Action. Source: http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/w/w003.htm

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SFC Tony Housh Tony was a very good friend, we shared a bunker we lived in. Tony was launched for a mission after I was shot and my aircraft was no longer flyable. He is sorely missed and will never be forgotten by me. buzzkhat

Tony was a SFC E-7. His Specialty was an aircraft mechanic assigned as a flight engineer on a CH 47 Chinook. The province was Quang Tri and he was shot down in the Ashau Valley inbound to LZ Tiger.

When cleaning out my family home, I found my POW bracelet. The name on it is Anthony Housh, 4-19-68. I was 12 and feared the Vietnam War. At the age of 12 I wanted to remember those lost and think of their family. My mother lost a cousin in WWII and never heard from him. If any family member would like this bracelet, I will be glad to send it to them as a remembrance of others who appreciate his service.

  Notes from The Virtual Wall Landing Zone Tiger was located in the upper reaches of the A Shau Valley. Following the initial air assaults, larger helicopters were needed for resupply. Three of the aircraft, all hampered by sling loads, were shot down as they approached the LZ:
    • CH-47A (tail number 64-13124, A Company, 228th Avn Bn) received small arms fire from the ground and crashed. The pilot and co-pilot were able to crawl away from the wreckage, but three other crewmen were not found:
      • SSG Douglas Randolph Blodgett, gunner
      • SP5 William Roy Dennis, flight engineer
      • SSG Jesus Armando Gonzalez, crew chief


    • CH-47A (tail number 66-19063, B Company, 228th Avn Bn) was hit by 37mm rounds in the aft pylon area during approach. The aircraft was in flames as it descended. The flight engineer and crew chief jumped while the aircraft was still 50 feet or more above the treetops. Their bodies were not found. The other three crewmen, although injured, survived the crash. Lost were

    • CH-54A (tail number 64-14205, 478th Avn Company (Heavy Helicopter) was on approach to the landing zone when an explosion occurred in the cockpit. The aircraft crashed against a cliffside about a mile distant from the LZ. The crash was not survivable. Four men were lost:

At day's end, the heavy helicopter companies had five injured and nine missing in action. Four of the MIAs - Major Lord, CW4 Millard, MSG Werdehoff, and SP6 Shafer - have been repatriated; the five men from the two CH-47s remain among the missing as of 03 Sep 2002.

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