TERRY WAYNE MILLS
Specialist 5th Class, Combat Aviation Door Gunner
145th Airlift Platoon, 52nd Aviation Battalion
Date of Birth: July 7, 1945
Killed in Action on April 19, 1965
Shot down in Helicopter UH-1B 63-08632
in South Vietnam.
SP4 Mills unit of assignment was A Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, the famous
Wolfhounds, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He participated in the "shotgun" program that provided door gunners for the UH-1 helicopters in Vietnam.
SP4 Terry Mills was onboard UH-1B Gunship 63-08632, (Miss Oklahoma), when hostile NVA force engaged it. The aircraft was struck by ground fire. WO Daniel Bishop and 1LT Joseph Thorne, pilots, SP5 Millay, and SP4 Olivar, the crew chief, were also killed in the crash. The crew was providing close air gun ship support for a combat assault mission north of Qui Nhon at LZ Alpha. (See
WO Bishop’s web page for the aircraft loss report.)
Operation Quyet Thang 137 was conducted in support of the 22nd (ARVN) Division. The 119th Avn Company joined other elements of the battalion in lifting 320 troops from Phu Cat to LZ Alpha (CR099410) on the peninsula north of Qui Nhon. An additional 100 troops were landed at LZ Bravo (CR 075495). Intense ground fire was received from LZ Alpha, and two armed UH-1Bs were shot down and exploded on impact. All crew members were killed. Four other aircraft were also hit with one additional crewman killed.
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