Here’s a link to an operation Collett was
involved in on October 16, 1966.
Armored H-3 SAR helos from HS-6 were involved in rescue
operations beginning on October 12 and culminating on October
16. Indian Gal 69 was badly damaged by enemy fire while deep
inside NVN on the 16th. While in the rescue/pick-up
zone one of the engines was disabled by ground fire – the crew
managed to fly the helo safely on one engine out of the area and
proceeded to the coast. Upon reaching the coast Indian Gal 69
was once again exposed to heavy AAA fire that severely damaged
the tail rotor control system. The crew successfully ditched the
helo and were rescued by surface forces. USS Collett can be
plainly seen in one of the photos. We’re interested in the
identity of the ship the photos were taken from and any
recollections any of the crew might have of that day.
Good luck with your Reunion.