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Name: WO1 James Patrick Casey
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/18/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.9
Date of Birth: 06/06/1946
Home City: Watertown, MA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Major organization: 4th Infantry Division
Flight class: 68-519/68-35
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 24W-037
Short Summary: Camp Enari under 122 rocket attack for 2nd night. WX & night caused diversion to Camp Holloway, crashed with 1LT A/O & Crew Chief.
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16557
Call sign: REDLEG
Service number: W3162410
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident WX
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 01/10/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
Information from 9th VHPA reunion on James Patrick Casey: Camp Enari was under a 122 mm rocket attack for the second night in a row when WO1 James Patrick Casey scrambled with a 1LT aerial observer and a SP5 crew chief to direct artillery fire to suppress the attack. Casey was to return to Camp Enari, however night fell and the weather turned bad, so he tried to divert to Camp Holloway but crashed in route. Casey and the A/O were killed immediately and the Crew Chief died one week later. This is the same mission that CW2 Beck was killed on. I was Divarty Surgeon at the time Mr. Casey was killed. I recall that the commander, Col. Virgil "Bill" Williams, had plans to recommend Mr. Casey be commissioned posthumously to Lieutenant. I donĘt know if that happened. Casey was a good man. John C. Bailey, M.D.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married 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: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 09/11/2000

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