CW2 Kenneth Alvin Getchell was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 05/16/1973 at the age of 25.6 from A/C accident
Ft Knox, KY
Flight Class 67-9
Date of Birth 09/26/1947
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Steve Harper, 9th reunion, Jim Nunn, TAGCEN Casualty database.

More detail on this person: UH-1H slung a short shaft while testing night vision devices - hit wire during autorotation with Burkett, Kinman, and Sinclair.On 16 May 73 we lost a UH-1 at Ft Knox with all crew and passengers killed. One of them was a classmate of mine, CW2 Kenneth A. Getchull (as listed in the VHPA directory but I think it was actually spelled Getchell). We heard that the aircraft was on final when it struck some high tension lines and severed the mast. I believe CW3 Steve Sink was aboard the aircraft also.

From: Steve Harper, Maj, AVN (Ret)

Kenneth and Charles Getchell were brothers.

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