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Name: 1LT Steven Glenn Abbott
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/12/1968 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.1
Date of Birth: 04/17/1946
Home City: Minneapolis, MN
Service: AT branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: HHC 2 BDE 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 67-24
Service: AT branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 58E-029
Short Summary: Hit by RPG, then AH-1G escort shot down, 6 KM South-Southeast of Gio Linh Village.
Aircraft: OH-13S tail number 64-15326
Service number: O5424975
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 03/24/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 02
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
2 Bde was at LZ Jane, South of Quang Tri at this time.

Bill Auten would likely will be able to confirm this when he returns. Bill no doubt remembers the details of the mission because he was flying OH-13s at the time and was briefed on the details before hand. He might also ID the tail number and gunner on the flight.

I think the plan was to drop a 100 lb CS cannister on a major complex to smoke the bad guys out. Optimum drop height was 100 feet AGL, or something like that. Having no bomb sight, LT AbbottâÇÖs airspeed was probably pretty low at the drop point...

From: Bob Mackin

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 07/17/2012

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