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Henry Wildfang talks about 813
Posted by Alan Stinar on November 6, 2010 at 7:27 PM

June 24th 2010


Henry Wildfang talks about the crash of 813 on 10 February 1968. This is an honor for him to tell me about it because I understand he never does interviews about the crash.

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Reply Daniel Sullivan
1:55 PM on April 26, 2014 
Henry I was watching your plane land that you did a GREAT job I was the ambulance Driver
that toke Jerrry Ferrn to charlie med.
S/F
Dan
Reply John Klice
9:14 AM on August 3, 2013 
Thank you Alan. I enjoy listening to Mr. Wildfang. He was one of the greatest men I ever had the privilege and pleasure to fly with... My NCOIC MGYSGT George Pierre, somehow knew that I would learn from such a great man. I still remember his words to me as a young cherry boy sahn navigator..."Do your duty, and ask for divine direction." Some months later I remember telling a pilot , our XO, a Lt. Col.; who had a USMC sense of humor, on the dogleg into Cabanatuan in the Philippines, "Turn right at the next cloud to a compass heading of 240." And when he did we were right on course and the TACAN and VOR lined up and he looked at me; shook his head and just grinned...AXM
Reply John H. Klice
6:56 AM on February 1, 2013 
chap duex. Ended up homeless and without a brain in 2001. I regained half a brain, so now I have half a beautiful mind to try to do better things...My favorite bumper sticker when homeless was ,
"NEVER KNOCK ON DEATH'S DOOR. JUST RING THE BELL AND RUN. HE HATES THAT."
Long story short, NYS Family Court made me a federal felon, so I walked away. (Ran like hell actually).
Anyone welcome to friend me on Facebook---John Klice, or [email protected]
Reply John H. Klice
6:48 AM on February 1, 2013 
J.H.Klice ---I just got caught in the surf and wound up here on this site. 252 12/69-05/70 and 152 6/70-6/71 somehow got nicknamed "Jesus" in ichi-go-ni--- Flew as Navigator in training with Sir Henry Wildfang at Cherry Point...For some reason MGYSGT George Pierre arranged my fast track training so I flew with CWO4 Wildfang often??? I still remember his words to me. "DO YOUR DUTY, AND JUST ASK FOR DIVINE DIRECTION... " All aircrew on Hercs were great men, and unsung heroes to many we helped
Reply Keith Ellis
11:48 PM on January 6, 2013 
Flew with and worked with a lot of great folks during the early 70s at VMGR 252. I flew with "Gunner" a few times as a 1st Mech and I can honestly say that I would fly to hell and back with him. Clear three......Three's Clear Sir!

Just stumbled upon this site a few days ago and it has brought back a lot of memories.

Thank you and keep up the good work!

Keith Ellis
Reply Opie
11:00 PM on August 29, 2012 
Henry is a great guy but I think this was a shoot down rather than a crash.
Reply Don 'Smittie' Smith
4:40 AM on August 5, 2011 
I doubt if 'Gunner' Wildfang will remember me but I flew as his FE and First Mech on many flights during the early 70's. Shortly after I became qualified as an FE, I was put on a flight with the Gunner. He was known for not using a checklist and would often take his seat and without much comment say, 'Clear 3'. Everyone had to be ready. In this case, Gunner got on board, took his seat and turned to me - obviously nervous (even though I arrived early to make sure I was ready) and asked quietly - Smittie, what do you say - should we use the checklist? As we taxied out, I could see all the guys in the flight shack waiting in the door way, looking at us. I am sure they were surprised that Gunner did not throw me out. He was exceptionally supportive on the entire trip. As we returned, I was walking around the aircraft when he stepped off. We were parked almost directly in front of the flight shack. With everyone watching he came up to me, shook my hand and thanked me for a great flight. 'I'll fly with you anytime Smittie'. Whether he meant it or not was irrelavent, he was making a point in front of the guys in the shack. He and I flew together several times after that and I always enjoyed the flights, especially when we would carry some general that he would invite to take the right seat. For the rest of the trip, they would talk about the old days and I sat there enjoying every minute.

Great site. Keep it up.

Don 'Smittie' Smith
Reply Bill Adkins
12:44 PM on July 20, 2011 
Hi Guys:

I really don't remember the full bureau numbers of the Herks anymore with two or three exceptions; 149798, 149811. 812 and 813. However, I do remember some amazing times while flying in them and working on them. I also remember with utmost respect CWO-4, and I think he retired at the rank of Major, Henry Wildfang. Before the loss of 813 I had heard it said that Mr. Wildfang didn't believe the Pilot's Hinged Window could be used as an exit. If this was true, I know he changed his mind on the 10th of February, 1968.
Reply Don Diamond
2:57 PM on July 8, 2011 
Hey BeVier...I still have a photo of you in front of the mess hall in Futema
Reply Alan Stinar
10:05 PM on March 3, 2011 
Robert "Red" Doktor says...
I speak to Bud once a week and he is doing well other than the arm he broke gives him some problems. Hopefully the hysical theraphy helps.

Glad to hear that Red. Mort Sanford over here in Cherry Point just recently donated a model of KC-130F 148896 to the Miller's Landing SNCO/Officer club.
Reply Robert "Red" Doktor
8:27 PM on February 23, 2011 
I speak to Bud once a week and he is doing well other than the arm he broke gives him some problems. Hopefully the hysical theraphy helps.
Reply TEST ACCOUNT
10:16 PM on February 6, 2011 
Ross BeVier says...
I just found this....thank's so much for posting it...

our shop at 152 lost Dave Devick (RO/LM) in the 813 crash and it's always been a question in my mind just how it took place. I was at Da nang when we got the word of the crash and was there when Russell the Navigator was brought through. I was fortunate to have flown with Bud Wildfang a few times...that was an experience in itself.

You're welcome Ross. I'm sure many still wonder what happened on that fateful flight. But we still continue with the mission and we never forget those we've lost.
Reply Ross BeVier
8:47 PM on February 6, 2011 
I just found this....thank's so much for posting it...

our shop at 152 lost Dave Devick (RO/LM) in the 813 crash and it's always been a question in my mind just how it took place. I was at Da nang when we got the word of the crash and was there when Russell the Navigator was brought through. I was fortunate to have flown with Bud Wildfang a few times...that was an experience in itself.
Reply VulcanDriver06
7:40 AM on November 27, 2010 
It's never nice to hear of a crash but learning the details of one in our Marine history isn't too bad. If any of you have ever witnessed or been involved with a crash you know the feeling you get inside just thinking about it. My hat is off to Mr. Wildfang for doing the best he could in a bad situation.
Reply Alan Stinar
12:10 AM on November 23, 2010 
Thank you Con, he's in our prayers over here in 252.
Reply Con Shuck
7:32 PM on November 21, 2010 
I was with Bud the past three days in Midwest City, Okla. Bud busted his arm close to the shoulder on 29 October here in my driveway. He is in a lot of pain and has the VA come in twice a day to bathe him and do light housework. He appreciates every piece of mail he gets. Send to Bud Wildfang, 3613 Glen Manor Circle, Midwest City, Ok 73110, if you know Bud you can cal him at 405-732-6962, If home he will answer.
He is still a pretty sharp man at the age of 94. Semper Fi, Con