Name: CW2 Rafael Albert Chavez
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/18/1970 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 23.0
Date of Birth: 07/05/1947
Home City: El Paso, TX
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/2/17 CAV 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 69-1
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 09W-063
Short Summary: Died on last mission before DEROS. Went into steep dive and was unable to pull up. Seven KIA. Co-pilot WO1 Hurelle survived.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17734
Service number: W3164115
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 07/16/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: FT BLISS NATIONAL CEMETERY, EL PASO TX
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 07/29/1995
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