The a/c was YL 42 and
Bill Willey was the crew chief. I believe that Ron Fix was the pilot of
the other a/c but that might be wrong. I have heard that a well known
Marine officer directed the a/c into the wrong area where Carley was
killed. The story that I heard indicated that this particular ground
officer later wrote a book where he acknowledged his error. Is there any
truth to this story. It is also my understanding that Mike was killed
during the approach and the survivors boarded the chase aircraft. The
recon team in the area then recovered the Lieutenant's body.
While I'm not 100%
positive, I believe the HAC with Mike Carley was Jim Hippert.
Regarding the events surrounding my father's death, I'd direct you to
several wonderful sources; Bill Willey and Ron Fix being two of them. But
the others (I know of) are Deac Warner, and a man I've never met who was
Captain of the helicopter that day (and who was badly wounded in the
incident) named Jim Hippert. All these men are in the directory, I
believe, and thus are available for phone calls.
Hope this helps.
Michael John Carley (Jr.)