Name: CW2 Richard John Connelly (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/27/1970 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 21.1
Date of Birth: 01/04/1949
Home City: Long Beach, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 336 AHC, 164 CAG
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-1
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 13W-061
Short Summary: While flying "Lucky Strike" light ship, hit by B-40 rocket and exploded in the air.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 65-12885
Call sign: Lucky Strike
Service number: W3164118
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 04/08/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Ba Xugen Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: ALL SOULS CEMETERY, LONG BEACH, CA
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: warrant officer
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