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Name: CW2 Keith Dobson Allen, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/13/1969 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.3
Date of Birth: 12/09/1946
Home City: Westfield, ME
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/7/1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 67-503
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 27W-070
Short Summary: Reported severe vibration on start up. Shut down, checked, started again. Crashed enroute to AO. No radio message.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 66-15308
Call sign: APACHE
Service number: W3159436
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100E = Attack Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 05/20/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 02
Location: Kien Giang Province IV Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
I was in Apache Troop 7/1 Cav Jan 69-Jan 70 Callsign Apache 38 CW2 Jim Roberts. I was flying as Cw2 Allen's wingman the day of the crash. The executive officer (can't recall his name) wanted some Cobra time so he was with me. I had him in the back seat but I was flying from the front seat. The report you have on the web page lists CW2 Allen as the Pilot and Schmidt as the AC, should be reversed. Pop-a-top had 30 days to go and his front seat had been there 30 days. I can still see the backseat bouncing out of the fireball_ we were 100 miles from Vinh Long, but I would have walked back that day. Didn't feel like flying. Good men. It took me two tries to get thru the Vietnam Memorial in D.C., but the second time I found their plaques. From: Jim Roberts

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: MARSHALL CEM, WESTFIELD, ME
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: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 09/21/2010

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