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Name: CW2 David Lee Blattel
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/05/1968 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.5
Date of Birth: 10/27/1945
Home City: Scott City, MO
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 176 AHC, 14 CAB
Major organization: 198th Light Infantry Brigade
Flight class: 67-5
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 55E-002
Short Summary: 50 cal hit fuel cell at 2500+ ft blowing rotor off. 2 UH-1C guns shot down going to crash. With 1LT Samuel R. Gardner.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-17075
Service number: W3155811
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: .51 Caliber
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 06/18/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Quang Tin Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
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: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/08/1999

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