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Name: CW2 William B. Christenson
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/10/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.3
Date of Birth: 03/22/1945
Home City: North Plainfield, NJ
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/2/17 CAV 101 ABN
Prior Unit: B/7/17 CAV 68-69
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 68-5/68-3
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 21W-092
Short Summary: Unauthorized flight from LZ Sally doing acrobatics and similuated gun runs with unqualified observer. Rotor separation, crash and burn.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 67-15707
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 07/26/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 02
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: BT460166
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
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 10/19/1999

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