ARTHUR GERALD QUALLS
Specialist 5th Class, Combat Aviation Crew Chief
281st Assault Helicopter Company
From: Memphis, Tennessee
Born" November 27, 1948
Tour of duty began on July 11, 1968
as a rotary wing mechanic.
Killed on May 20, 1970 in
Binh Thuan, South Vietnam in a
non-combat helicopter crash
while serving as a crew chief.
SP5 Arthur G. Qualls was a 21-year-old, married, rotary wing Mechanic from Memphis Tennessee. His tour of duty with the 281st AHC began on July 11, 1968. Arthur was the acting crew chief on UH-1H 66-16009 when the aircraft crashed near Binh Thuan as a result of pilot error on the part of the aircraft commander, killing Arthur and Paul Lambertson. The pilot, a captain from the Field Forces Headquarters staff, was also killed in the crash. The aircraft commander, a WO from the 281st AHC, was seriously injured and evacuated to the states where he was medically retired. Arthur and Paul were the last individuals lost by the 281st Assault Helicopter Company in the Vietnam war, and they shall never be forgotten.
A MAN IS NOT DEAD UNTIL HE IS FORGOTTEN
ONCE AN INTRUDER ... ALWAYS AN INTRUDER