More detail on this person: UH-1B accident during Tac-X training just before graduation with WOC D.G. Hector. Second Crash of Helicopter Fatal to Two ELBA, Ala. (AP) - Army spokesmen say investigating crews here are checking into the second crash of a Ft. Rucker helicopter in two days which has resulted in the death of two more student pilots. Sources at Ft. Rucker said the Friday mishap fatally injured Lt. Harold W. Esselstein, 23, of Corning, Ohio, and another flier whose identity was being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The crash, which involved a troop-carrying craft - the UH1 "Huey" - took place about 17 miles west of the post, sources said. The Army said two warrant officer candidates, Dennis G. Hector, 21, of Lewisburg, Pa., and Brent D. Gularte, 20, of Napa, Calif., died Thursday in another helicopter near Samson, Ala. The two were on a training mission when the accident occurred, a spokesman said. 18 DEC 69 WOC Brent D. Gularte [SP] WOC Dennis G. Hector [SP] Alabama USAAVNS UH-1 [Need Tail#] A/C crashed during Tac-X training just before graduation on Ft Rucker.
Burial information: Tulocay Cemetery, Napa, CA
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