Name: WO1 Merle Floyd Butler II
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/24/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.2
Date of Birth: 12/09/1947
Home City: Lakewood, NY
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 176 AHC, 14 CAB
Major organization: Americal Division
Flight class: 68-515
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 31W-032
Short Summary: Hit by 50 cal and lost rotor at 2000 ft while on division arty resupply "milkrun". Butler's first mission in country.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 63-12999
Service number: W3162950
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: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 11/13/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 01
Location: Quang Tin Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, VA
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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