Name: 1LT Leonard John Dadante
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/09/1965 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 23.8
Date of Birth: 11/30/1941
Home City: Cleveland, OH
Service: TC branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 65-2
Service: TC branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02E-078
Short Summary: Being checked as a new pilot took fire low level and crashed? With IP Reagan, CE Simkaitis, G Hipke.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 63-08550
Call sign: Thunderbird
Service number: O5222131
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: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 05/24/1965
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 02
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: HOLY CROSS CEMETERY, BROOK PARK, OH
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
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