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Name: WO1 Larry James Branaugh
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/19/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Died 1 days later on 04/20/1968.
Age at death: 24.8
Date of Birth: 06/19/1943
Home City: Denver, CO
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/229 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 67-7
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 51E-005
Short Summary: Exited from aircraft shot down in the A Shau, took off chicken plate, hit by 50 cal in chest.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16567
Service number: W3156419
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 07/15/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD296087

Additional information about this casualty:
Had just returned from R&R and joined the support for the 1st Cav's move into the A Shau Valley. The Huey was shot down and the crew got it on the ground successfully without further damage. Larry got out of the helicopter and took off his chicken plate. Not long after that, he was hit by a 50 cal round in the chest. He was evacuated but died at a medical aid station. Submitted to the VHPA by Ken Hiscock 8/2001

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died of wounds
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)
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 02/09/2012

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