Name: WO1 Thomas Marvin Bonine (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/03/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot Passenger.
Age at death: 21.3
Date of Birth: 02/13/1948
Home City: Glen Ridge, NJ
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/1 AVN 1 INF
Major organization: 1st Infantry Division
Flight class: 68-509/68-13
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 23W-050
Short Summary: Bonine and Don Richardson (roommates) caught a hop on ash & trash 50 cal hit them after T/O from Phu Loi.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17809
Service number: W3161258
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Started Tour: 09/04/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Binh Duong Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Burial information: PROSPECT HILL CEMETERY, CASSOPOLIS, MI
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
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