Name: CW3 Jim Ray Cavender
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 11/04/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Declared dead on 09/25/1978.
Age at death: 20.9
Date of Birth: 12/28/1948
Home City: Santa Paula, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 281 AHC, 17 CAG
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-27
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 16W-027
Short Summary: IFR enroute Ban Me Thouet to Ninh Hoa. Last radio transmission "Oh my God we're upside down!" On 5th day in country. See Alford.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19512
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: SVN-BNR WX
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 10/17/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile missing - bonified
Length of service: *
Location: Khanh Hoa Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: BP702890
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
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 07/29/1994
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