Name: CPT Richard C. Benicewicz (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/21/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.5
Date of Birth: 09/17/1944
Home City: Danbury, CT
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 61 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-12/68-18
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 29W-096
Short Summary: Main rotor seizure and separation from aircraft departing LZ English with 1LT Robert A. Dalton (pilot).
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15130
Call sign: Starblazers
Service number: O5340830
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Main Rotor Loss
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown or not reported
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 09/21/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 03
Location: Binh Dinh Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)
Burial information: ST LAWRENCE CEM, BREWSTER, CT
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 07/29/1994
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