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Name: CPT Charles David Allen, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/16/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.1
Date of Birth: 01/26/1947
Home City: Killeen, TX
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/4/77 ARA 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 70-22
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04W-053
Short Summary: Stopped at Quang Tri to refuel tried to beat weather, crashed 4 -5 k south of Quang Tri. See McCarthy.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 66-15310
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: A/C Accident WX
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 11/11/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD357472

Additional information about this casualty:
Chuck was on his way back to his unit from a mission in Northern I Corp. He stopped at Quanq Tri to refuel and wx moved in. He should have RON'ed with us, but there was a round-eye show in Hue-Phu Bai that he just HAD to see. Three or four days later I heard that they had to dig the first 6 feet of the nose of his snake out of the ground. Chuck and I were class mates in ORWAC 70-22, roomates in Savanaha (Cobra transition) as well as this ACMSMC. Clyde W. McComas 1008 Plumas Ave. Oroville, CA 95965-3231 916-533-0252

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - other groups
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 05/05/2020

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