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Name: WO1 James Devrin Carter
Status: Remains were returned on Sep 95 from an incident on 06/13/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.3
Date of Birth: 03/13/1947
Home City: Clarkston, MI
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 174 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 67-17
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 57W-007
Short Summary: Avoiding machine gun fire on climb out collided with USAF FAC. LTC Frank Barker of My Lai fame died also. See Johnson.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-01016
Call sign: DOLPHINS
Service number: W3157730
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Mid-Air
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown or not reported
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Quang Ngai Province I Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
In 1993, a Vietnamese man searching for aluminum scrap at the crash site discovered human remains. Army investigators and a Vietnamese support team went in, and they found bits of bone and scraps of metal, fragments from the crash. Carter had been the only crew member not positively identified years earlier. The purpose of the original mission was to take LTC Frank A. Barker, Jr. to find two companies from his battalion that had been pinned down by the Viet Cong. He found them and called in Air Force aerial support. While the helicopter hovered nearby, the Air Force jets thundered in,k bombing the Viet Cong. One plane got hit and spun into the helicopter causing both to crash. No one survived. Rescue crews found the Air Force pilot with a bullet through his head. from Sun-Sentinel, Sunday, October 8, 1995.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
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 06/06/1996

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