Name: CPT David Langston Coker, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/24/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.8
Date of Birth: 06/15/1946
Home City: Alexandria, LA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: D/3/5 CAV, 5 INF
Prior Unit: 128 AHC
Major organization: 5th Infantry Division
Flight class: 69-4
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04W-072
Short Summary: Shot down while trying to help another shot down scout. First tour was in 128 AHC in 69-70 flying UH-1D&H.
Aircraft: OH-58A tail number 68-16955
Call sign: Charlie Horse
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 04/28/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: XD665536
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
Burial information: HEMPHILL STAR CEMETERY, RAPIDES PARISH, LA
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: officer
This record was last updated on 09/16/1996
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