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Name: CW2 Jerald Wayne Carter
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/28/1971 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 25.1
Date of Birth: 10/23/1946
Home City: Daleville, AL
Service: AV branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/159 ASHB 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 70-37
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-074
Short Summary: Crashed into mountain during very bad weather with over 30 passengers on board.
Aircraft: CH-47C tail number 68-15866
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100C = Cargo 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: aircraft commander
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 02/25/1971
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile missing - interim
Length of service: *
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: ZD009003

Additional information about this casualty:
Jerry was my roommate. For some reason, I was not flying that day. I saw him when he stopped by around lunch. I suppose you could have called him a Rimf PIC. He was the supply officer, flying with the Arms Officer (Joe Savick). The mission was local R&R for some infantry grunts. Jerry told me that the wx sucked, and Joe wanted to log some wx time. I told Jerry that if the weather was that bad, they should not even fly_it was not worth it. We all had TAC tickets_..Hole punched in the middle. A member of the investigation team later contacted me. The only thing they wanted to know was if Jerry had left his SOI somewhere. I told him that we always had it around our necks.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - Southern Baptist Convention
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 12/12/2015

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