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DaveTrojan

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These Things I Do...That Others May be Remembered,

The Tragic Crash of CH-3E, 65-05692


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Tonight 9/11/15, I will attend my 50 year Flagstaff High School reunion without one of my best friends in attendance. He is Lt. Col. Lawrence "Murphy" Rolle. We were best friends from the 1st grade on. 

Murph served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and was highly decorated for his bravery and devotion to duty. No one ever had a more loyal or fun friend and I know all of my classmates must miss him as much as I do. We will raise a toast to him tonight and remember all of the great times we had. What an appropriate date to meet and remember our great friend.

Rest in peace Murphy.

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Mike, 
I never met  Lt. Col. Lawrence "Murphy" Rolle but have met his parents several times. Lt. Col. Rolle's uncle on his mothers side was also a military pilot,  he was killed in a B-18 crash on Mt. Humphrey's in 1941. Their family has given a lot for this country.
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Davis Montham AFB had a tribute to the crew this last week.

http://www.afrc.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/136/Article/617532/943rd-rqg-gathers-to-remember-pony-1-2.aspx
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Thank you Brad for posting the link. 
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Dave, I am indebted to you for all of your efforts and hard work on this project.  CPT Al Broussard was my good friend for many years.  We were classmates at USMA, Lieutenants in A-1/325 Abn in the 82d, and we were roommates while he was going through the SF Qualification Course and I was an instructor at the Special Warfare Center.  In his hometown of Sulphur, LA, he was known by all as Alvin.  I had been on Leave with him in 1986 in Sulphur, and it was an extremely memorable experience.

Al would be 57 years old, today.  I think of him, and pray for his soul, all the time.  He was an incredible, loyal and selfless person, and the best friend one could ever have. His understated sense of humor was unmatched. I finally conducted a proper internet search and discovered your post.

I attended Al's wedding in Houston upon his SFQC graduation, and later got to know most of the members of his ODA. Others have described, in their posts, the morning of the crash, their thoughts, where they were, and reactions.  I will leave my experiences out, but I must point out that the Bn Cdr at the time, LTC, later COL, Tom Davis, and the rest of 3/5 SFGA were incredible in their family support actions.  The Bn dispatched escort parties to the multitude of home towns where the SF Troopers were eventually buried. I was privileged to accompany his wife, Susan, from Fort Bragg to Sulphur, and to give the eulogy at his funeral Mass; at that time, the toughest thing I had ever done in my life.  

As per another post, the 11 SF Troopers were from 2 separate ODAs, and crossloaded aboard the 2 AC to accomodate the multiple infil points, as I recall.

Dave, your work and efforts in memorializing these brave Warriors is incredible.  I will visit the crash site this spring.  I, too, remember that the USAF had pledged to make a memorial at DM, but presumed it had been overcome by events.  Good to know that is a reality also.  Though, it pales in comparison to your superhuman patriotic actions.

I offer you my deepest gratitude. 

De Oppresso Liber,

Bryan Dohrn, LTC, USA SF (Ret)


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Thanks for all the comments to this post. DaveT
There is now an ongoing Facebook page with much more info and pictures

here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/pony12memorial

This page is dedicated to the memory of the 15 men who lost their lives on March 12, 1989. They died during a training mission in the Arizona Desert.
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I remember this tragedy very well.  John Bigler and I graduated SFQC together, we were both assigned to 5th SFG at Ft. Campbell but we also both wanted to remain at Bragg.  I had just PCSd to Bragg some six months before and didn't want to uproot my family again so soon, John had a child in a special family member program in the Bragg area and the move would have been a setback for the child.  5th Group CSM Joe Dennison said he could only leave one of us at Bragg, but the other must go to Campbell, he told us to discuss it and he would allow us to decide the matter.

John and I decided that his need to remain at Bragg was greater than mine so I went to Campbell and John was assigned to 3/5 at Bragg.  Had we decided otherwise, I would most likely have taken John's assignment to (I think) ODA 593 and would thus have been on that bird the night she went down.

John was a great guy and a fine NCO.  The entire SF Community mourned the loss of this gallant group of Warriors.

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Thank you dave. My father was one of those lost.
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Thank you for posting this information.  Captain Brown was a very good friend of mine from high school.  We have often wondered why this happened.   He was a sweet, funny, bright, very talented young man who was fun to watch on the football field.  His friends still miss him.

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I want to thank you for this informative article on the helicopter crash of May 12, 1989. My cousin, Larry Kent Evans, was one of the victims and I have always wondered about the particulars of the crash.
PH10072-Larry Evans.jpg


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Roxana, My dad was on the same helicopter, we have been working on a memorial project and Larry's family is one we have not been able to contact. If you see this please email me. pony12memorial@gmail.com

further, you can find our memorial page on facebook by searching for pony 12 memorial
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Thanks so much, for researching and posting this information. Someone posted a comment, that they kept hoping it was a mistake. The time has passed, and I still think that. I come back to this sight, as well as the fb page to remind myself that it's true. Larry D (Deannie) Endress and I grew up together. The day I heard about this crash is fresh in my mind. My heart was ripped from my chest. I see comments about what a great guy he was, and it is true. His Mom will still walk you through her house and show you all the pictures of him and where we were when they were taken. Gone but never forgotten. Forever in our hearts.
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