Sunday, May 29, 2011

Vietnam -- Remembering Caption CPT Loyd Van McCarthy, Jr. On Memorial Day

CPT Loyd Van McCarthy, Jr.  He was nicknamed  "Budman".

He loved flying and being part of something bigger than life. He was at the right place for that.

A smart, good natured man. Enjoyed smoking a pipe. We had someting in common with that.

Willing to talk to an enlisted man -- such as myself -- without making the enlisted man feel inferior.

Rest in peace, my fellow El Toro soldier.

Name: CPT Loyd Van McCarthy, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/16/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 27.7
Date of Birth: 06/21/1943
Home City: Borger, TX
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/4/77 ARA 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 69-18
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04W-052
Short Summary: Tried to beat weather. Crashed 4 - 5 k south of Quang Tri with CPT Charles D. Allen, Jr.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number
Service number: O5424027
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1982 = 19 Airfield Commander
Primary cause: A/C Accident WX
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 04/19/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: XD357472
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer

1 comment:

Mack Payne said...

Loyd was a friend of mine and I liked the way he always sang "That Old Egg Sucking Dog."
I miss hearing him sing that song now.

Mack Payne, A/4/77 ARA