Name: WO1 James Albert Brinkoetter
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/06/1968 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 21.1
Date of Birth: 09/01/1947
Home City: Phoenix, AZ
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 118 AHC, 1ST PLATOON
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 67-503/67-23
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 41W-017
Short Summary: Took AK-47 round in back of head. Aircraft crashed - crew survived.
Call sign: Thunderbirds
Service number: W3159264
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: AK-47 Round
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 04/01/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died of wounds
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 07/20/1996

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