Name: 1LT Sterling Edward Cox
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/15/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 27.8
Date of Birth: 03/27/1941
Home City: Knoxville, TN
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/7/17 CAV
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-10
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-006
Short Summary: Exploded in the air after hitting trees on a low level gun run while on a VR north of Plei Djereng w/WO1 James Petteys.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 67-15651
Service number: O5427134
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1204 = 12 Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 09/10/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 08
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Baptist - other groups
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 12/09/1995
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