Click here for more information about this incident

Name: 1LT Claude Harmon Cargile
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/13/1970 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Died 12 days later on 05/25/1970.
Age at death: 25.1
Date of Birth: 04/16/1945
Home City: Greensboro, AL
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/123 AVN 23 INF
Major organization: Americal Division
Flight class: 69-26
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-095
Short Summary: Lost RPM on takeoff from LZ and crashed. CE E5 J.L. Henderson was thrown out and survived. Killed were P WO1 D.R. White & G E3 Martinez
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-17132
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 10/10/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile wounded or ill or injured - serious
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tin Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: BT035542
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died illness or injuries
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
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: officer
This record was last updated on 07/29/1995

This information is available on CD-ROM.

Additional information is available on KIAs at

Please send additions or corrections to: The VHPA Webmaster Gary Roush.

KIA statistics

Return to the Helicopter Pilot KIA name list

Return to the KIA panel date index

Date posted on this site: 05/16/2021

Copyright © 1998 - 2021 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association