Name: WO1 Gerald Lewis Caton
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/17/1969 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 23.8
Date of Birth: 11/16/1945
Home City: Springfield, VA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 326 MED 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 69-15
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 19W-053
Short Summary: Shot down, crashed and burned in the only OH-6A with red cross markings. See Miner.
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16254
Call sign: Eagle Dustoff
Service number: W3164805
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 07/20/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Baptist - other groups
Burial information: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, VA
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 02/23/1996
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