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Name: MAJ Lewis Douglas Bell
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/05/1966 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 33.8
Date of Birth: 05/01/1932
Home City: Ft Worth, TX
Service: AT branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/1 AVN 1 INF
Major organization: 1st Infantry Division
Service: AT branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 05E-113
Short Summary: Shot down by 12.7 mm Chinese AAA weapon north of Lai Khe with CPT R. M. Caloboso.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 63-12995
Service number: O4009726
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: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 02/17/1966
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 12
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
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 07/02/1997

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