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Name: WO1 Danny Curtis Casey
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/12/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Declared dead on 08/13/1968.
Age at death: 22.5
Date of Birth: 02/19/1946
Home City: Shady Cove, OR
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: HHC 3 BDE 4 INF
Major organization: 4th Infantry Division
Flight class: 67-19
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 48W-005
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16123
Service number: W3158481
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: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 12/07/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 01
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
I flew several missions as an AO with Danny out of LZ Oasis (HQ of the 3rd Bde, 4th Inf Div). At the time, I was assigned as the Team Chief for the 4th MID attached to the Bde. I was with the reaction force that flew to the crash site just off Hwy 19E between Du Co and LZ Oasis when the aircraft was finally located during an aerial search. Danny apparently flew into the ground in bad weather on a return flight from Du Co. He was alone in the OH-6, and I was present when his remains were recovered from the crash site. I remember how I felt at the time. He was a wonderful guy and really enjoyed flying, especially in the Loach. I flew along the border between VN and Cambodia with him several times, and he shuttled me back and forth between our forward fire bases during the recovery of captured documents and material. I remember one flight in the area of the Ia Drang River where we flew over the crash sites of several Hueys from the Cav days of l966. How prophetic. I was a 1LT at the time, and left VN in Feb 69. I retired from the USAR in l992 as a LTC, Armor. William T. Meddings 4197 Barlow Road Cross Plains, WI 53528 608-798-1492

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
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 12/08/2004

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