Name: 1LT Thomas Allen Ceres
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/10/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 20.9
Date of Birth: 08/29/1948
Home City: Lake Park, FL
Service: AR branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: ACT/11 ACR
Major organization: 11th Armored Cavalry
Flight class: 69-6
Service: AR branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 21W-092
Short Summary: After several attempts to land at night in poor visibility, crashed nose down in rubber trees near runway.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 67-15638
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 06/15/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Binh Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
Burial information: ROYAL PALM MEMORIAL GARDENS, WEST PALM BEACH, FL
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: officer
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