A Brief Description Of That Action
Unit History Information for A/7/17 CAV for May 18 1968. A/7/17 CAV was a US Army unit. Primary service involved, US Army. Operation MACARTHUR. Incident reference: 68051812.KIA. Kontum Province, II Corps, South Vietnam. Location, west of Dak To. A/7/17 CAV losses were 1 KIA. Aircraft lost in A/7/17 CAV were 2 OH-6A.
A/7/17 Cav reported their Scouts performed a BDA for a B-52 strike. They received heavy AW fire and one LOH crashed and burned on impact. His wing landed in an endeavor to rescue the crew; however, he soon came under fire. A medevac ship was called in to rescue the three men. The pilot of the first LOH, CW2 Douglas W. Walker, was killed on impact. Due to the large NVA force in the area, neither LOH could be extracted. Three air strikes were called into the area, however, the results could not be assessed. The Honor Roll section states Walker's aircraft received heavy AW fire. While returning the fire, his aircraft was shot down at ZB827285, killing him. The source for this information was A/7/17 CAV 4 FEB 67 - 31 DEC 68 Unit History.