by enemy AAA fire, a doomed H-46 from HMM-265 trails smoke and
flame. The H-46 crashed, and exploded upon impact, in
"Helicopter Valley" on the afternoon of 15 July 1966
-- the fifth H-46 lost in the valley that day.
Of the 16 Marines aboard (4 crewmen and 12 Grunts) 13 died in
the crash and fire. Although severely burned, the
remaining three Marines survived. (Photo courtesy of Haas