Name: WO1 Gerald Alan Cahela
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/23/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.9
Date of Birth: 10/15/1945
Home City: Bessemer, AL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 604 TC CO
Major organization: other
Flight class: 67-501
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 43W-068
Short Summary: Crashed near Pleiku while test flighting a DUSTOFF ship that was being repaired.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16531
Service number: W3159089
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 06/26/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: HIGHLAND MEMORIAL GARDENS, BESSEMER, AL
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
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