United States Army Private First Class Berdahl was killed in action in the Vietnam War. David served with D Troop, the 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division.
David is honored on the Vietnam Memorial Wall 02W098.
On January 20, 1972, PFC Berdahl and a four man crew were aboard a UH1H helicopter (tail #69-16717) on a recovery mission for downed F4 fighter jet pilots.
The aircraft was returning from the mission northwest of Khe Sanh in Quang Tri Province when an anti-aircraft weapon fired on and hit the aircraft, causing it to catch fire. The helicopter autorotated to the bank of the Raoquan River, landed hard and rolled over onto its left side.
Rescue landing was impossible because of jagged rocks. While in a hover, the rescue aircraft commander saw one man dressed in a flight suit, helmet and armored vest pinned down in the burning aircraft. This individual was apparently Berdahl. The hovering helicopter was forced to leave because the downed aircraft started to explode. He did not observe anyone leaving the aircraft alive.
David was declared Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered.
Burial: Body lost or destroyed Specifically: MIA/POW - Declared Dead
Created by: Jill Record added: Nov 16, 2006
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