Name: MAJ Leroy Irvin Blankenship
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/01/1969 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 40.4
Date of Birth: 11/17/1928
Home City: Renton, WA
Service: reserve component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 28W-101
Short Summary: Died when CH-46D was shot-down and crashed in a water filled bomb crater. Was pinned in cockpit which was under water.
Aircraft: CH-46D tail number 154814
Service number: 060005
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 7562 = Pilot CH-46 Qualified
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Started Tour: 01/20/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 22
Location: Quang Nam Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: FT ROSECRANS NATIONAL CEMETERY, SAN DIEGO CA
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