Name: CW2 Charles Michael Cotton
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/19/1968 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 21.9
Date of Birth: 07/13/1946
Home City: Angleton, TX
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 71 AHC, 14 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 67-7
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 56W-032
Short Summary: Small arms fire.
Service number: W3156454
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 07/12/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Quang Tin Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: BT236115

Additional information about this casualty:
At 1655 hours, aircraft was shot down with the pilot shot in the head. The aircraft was secured by men in the aircraft. The pilot was dusted off and died at 1720 hours. Fire came from BT238114. The aircraft was flyable and was returned back to Chu Lai. From: American Division logs 19 June 1968 item 60.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
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: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
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