Name: 2LT David Leon Caplan (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/01/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.1
Date of Birth: 07/06/1948
Home City: Raleigh, NC
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/2/20 ARA 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 69-31
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 08W-074
Short Summary: Flew into target on Nighthawk fire mission outside Phouc Vinh perimeter.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 67-15519
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100E = Attack Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 05/11/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Binh Duong Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
Burial information: FT LEAVENWORTH NATIONAL CEMETERY, KS
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
This record was last updated on 08/20/1995
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