Name: 1LT George Kasper Barsom III
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/19/1972 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.1
Date of Birth: 03/07/1948
Home City: Montgomery, AL
Service: AR branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: D/229 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 71-40
Service: AR branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01W-003
Short Summary: Shot down and gunned in the cockpit before he could get out near Dau Tiang with Arnold John Rahm.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 66-15343
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Shot Down
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 03/30/1972
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: missing in action - interim
Length of service: *
Location: Binh Duong Province III Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: XT509498
Additional information about this casualty:
Aircraft was shot down near Dau Tieng and made successful emergency landing. Crew was killed by small arms fire before they could egress the cockpit.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)
Burial information: GREENWOOD CEMETERY, MONTGOMERY, AL
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 07/03/1999
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