Name: CW2 Michael Joseph S. Depaul
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/17/1971 while performing the duty of Instructor Pilot.
Age at death: 23.6
Date of Birth: 08/01/1947
Home City: Seaside Park, NJ
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/16 CAV
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-21/68-37
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04W-054
Short Summary: Mid-air with an Air America fixed wing in traffic pattern. DePaul trapped in cockpit and died from fire. Others died on impact.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 67-15676
Call sign: Darkhorse 32
Service number: W3162474
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100E = Attack Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 01/13/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Vinh Long Province IV Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: WS840108
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, VA
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/19/2007
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