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Les  Knight
1240 Bonnie Ln La Habra ca 90631 USA
Salute, we are still in dept to you
Jul 11, 2013

Earl  Owen
Mr Knight, we were stationed together for such a short time, but as I recall, you were one of best new pilots that had joined up with the 243rd. I flew with you and your skill, even though you were new to the Chinook, was evident. Thank you for your service to our country and the 243rd. You memory will live on forever.
Jan 14, 2013

mike  koeller
Rest In Peace Brother. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten
May 23, 2012

Tony  Garramone
Served in the same company
4445 Reed Street Wheat Ridge Colorado 80033 United States
I didn't make in country until 1970, but everyone knew about 053. I remember flying into BMT in 71 a number of times and everyone in the crew had their eyes on the ground hoping to find your ship Henry. Welcome Home, Hero!
May 3, 2012

Vern  Elder
339th ASD, Dong Ba Thin Airfield
22701 78th Ave West Edmonds WA 98026 USA
You Are Never Forgotten, Oh Hero
I was ATC Tower Chief 1968 thru 1972, Dong Ba Thin Airfield and last to speak to Freight Train 053 after you had departed in bad weather to Ban Me Thuot. We never quit looking for you until the day we finally found you and crew. You, Pappy and the crew are the greatest, giving your all for the mission without fear and not turning back no matter the odds. Never to be forgotten. We salute you, our Hero. God Bless
Apr 26, 2012

manny   g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!
Jul 31, 2007

Manuel Pino Bco 2/8th 1st Cav 68-69
Fellow Vietnam Army Vet
243 ASHC
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings, Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things. You have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung, high in the sunlit silence, hov'ring there, I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long delirious, burning blue I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace, where never lark, or even eagle flew, and, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God. By John G. Magee, Jr.
Sep 3, 2006

You are not forgotten

He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Aug 24, 2006

Shayne Knight [Henderson]
widow [remarried]
On October 20, 1968, CW3 Charles Deitsch, aircraft commander WO1 Henry Clay Knight, pilot SP5 Charles Meldahl, crewchief SP4 Jerry Bridges, flight engineer and SP4 Ronald Stanton, door gunner, departed Dong Ba Thien Airfield, South Vietnam, in a CH-47A Chinook helicopter (serial #66-19053). "Freight Train 053" was leading a flight on a resupply mission to Ban Me Thout in the Central Highlands. As the flight proceeded into the Ninh Hoa Valley, deteriorating weather conditions forced the other helicopters to turn back to Dong Ba Thin. At 0700 hours Deitsch radioed that 053 was over the valley and would proceed on to Ban Me Thout. That was the last anyone heard of the CH-47. At about 0800 hours, it was determined that the helicopter was overdue. An intensive search effort was made, but no wreckage or the aircraft was ever found, and search efforts were concluded on October 28. Villagers were later canvassed throughout the Ninh Hoa Valley, and literature was distributed asking about the crash of the Chinook, but no new information was ever discovered - until 1994. The entire crew of Freight Train 053 was ultimately discovered, positively identified, and buried on May 25, 2001, at Arlington National Cemetery. Welcome Home Freight Train 053! You will live forever in our hearts.
Monday, May 28, 2001

You have not been Forgotten

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