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CW2 Terry Alford - La Porte, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
N 29° 45.192 W 095° 05.332
15R E 298014 N 3293266
Quick Description: As you enter the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, a flagpole is on the right. Around this pole is a circle of Freedom Trees honoring those who never returned home from Vietnam.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 8/13/2019 9:27:03 AM
Waymark Code: WM1145F
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TitusLlewelyn
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Long Description:

The Freedom Tree
With The Vision of Universal Freedom
For All Mankind
This Tree Is Dedicated To


And All Prisoners of War
Missing in Action


From the POW


Name: Terry Lanier Alford
Rank/Branch: W1/US Army
Unit: 281st Aviation Company, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade
Date of Birth: 22 October 1947 (Houston TX
Home City of Record: Pasadena TX
Date of Loss: 04 November 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 123327N 1085304E (BP702890)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H
Refno: 1515

Other Personnel In Incident: James Klimo; John A. Ware; Jim R. Cavender (all missing)


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 2015.


On November 4, 1969, WO Terry L. Alford, aircraft commander; WO1 Jim R. Cavender, pilot; SP4 John A. Ware, crew chief; and SP4 James R. Klimo, door gunner; were flying a series of combat support missions in a UH1H helicopter (serial #67-19512) in South Vietnam.

WO Alford was returning to his base at Nha Trang from Duc Lap at about 1920 hours when he made his last known radio contact with the 48th Aviation Company Operations at Ninh Hoa. Either the pilot or aircraft commander gave his approximate location as Duc My Pass, and stated he was in the clouds and instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). Shortly afterwards, the controller at Ninh Hoa heard a radio transmission that WO1 Alford was in trouble. The pilot reported, inexplicably, that the helicopter was flying upside down.

The Defense Department has told family members that the helicopter was on a secondary mission heading toward a buffer zone between Cambodia and South Vietnam, an area in the Central Highlands the helicopter was in by mistake. The helicopter is not believed to have been shot at. Search efforts were conducted for six consecutive days, but nothing was found.

According to the Defense Department, one crewmember's body was recovered at a later time, but no remains were ever found that could be identified as Alford, Klimo, Ware or Cavender. The four crew members were not among the prisoners of war that were released in 1973. High ranking officials admit their dismay that "hundreds" of suspected American prisoners of war did not return. Klimo's (SP4 James R. Klimo) sister has identified her brother as one of the prisoners of war pictured in a Vietnamese propaganda leaflet.


On 1/14/2015 12:32 PM, keith.bodine.kb45 wrote:

I have some great news. A friend, Terry Alford, has been found. He was POW/MIA IN Vietnam in Nov.04, 1969. I have kept in touch with his sister and today she told my wife his crashed helicopter was found. There were lots of gear found along with bones. His sister said it will take a year to get the results.

It's official according to his sister. They are elated. His parents died a couple years ago, or longer. It broke their hearts. All this time and he has been with them. He was a CWO 1. He disappeared on radar while trying to make it back in a fog. One report was that a villager saw his chopper flying upside down. If that's true, he didn't do it long.

I have worn Terry's bracelet since 1969. I have a special page on my website honoring him. I'm very excited and still a little sad. Thanks for allowing me to vent. Yours truely. Keith Bodine.

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