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Name: WO1 Larry Allen Bodell
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/19/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.1
Date of Birth: 01/18/1948
Home City: Wyoming, MI
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 235 AVN, 307 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-13/68-21
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 32W-057
Short Summary: Small arms fire near Rach Gia in IV Corp W/Terry J Gwinn, PIC.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 66-15331
Service number: W3161627
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Small Arms Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 10/04/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: An Xugen Province IV Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
I was the A/C and fire team leader that day: I certainly remember the round entering the forward canopy, blood all over, and flying directly to Rach Gia, where there was a SF MD on the ground: I watched the MD pull his helmet off with half of his brain in it, hearing the MD tell me that there was nothing that could be done, feeling frustrated to the extent that I told one of the pilots to retreive my Car 15 from behind my seat, with the intent of forcing that MD to do something: I eventually came to my senses, realizing the futility of doing anything: Terry J Gwinn

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
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 03/02/2001

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