Name: CPT Robert Eugene Decelle II
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/15/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Died 6 days later on 02/21/1971.
Age at death: 25.3
Date of Birth: 10/18/1945
Home City: Alameda, CA
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/3/17 CAV
Major organization: USARV
Flight class: 68-518/68-32
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 05W-128
Short Summary: Shot down in vacinity of Cambodian border near snoopy's nose. MEDEVACed out and died in the hospital 3 days later.
Aircraft: OH-58A tail number 68-16960
Call sign: Silver Spur
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1204 = 12 Armored Reconnaissance 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: 04/18/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: XT491812
Additional information about this casualty:
Died at the 93rd Medevac in Long Binh. He was awarded the Silver Star prior to his death by COL Fern, commander 12th Combat Aviation Group.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died of wounds
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
Burial information: SUNSET VIEW CEMETERY, EL CERRITO, 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: officer
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