Name: WO1 James T. Donahue, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/22/1967 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.6
Date of Birth: 02/12/1945
Home City: Des Plaines, IL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 188 AHC
Major organization: other
Flight class: 67-9
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 26E-111
Short Summary: Fatally wounded in neck during "Eagle Flight" insertion into a village in III Corps. No. 2 ship in flight of five.
Service number: W3156766
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Small Arms Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 08/11/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Hau Nghia Province III Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
Jim was flying co-pilot during an "Eagle Flight" insertion into a village in III Corps in number two ship of a flight of five. This flight was one many that day. We did not prep the area since it was adjacent to a village. On short final our flight was fired on by VC using AK-47s. At this point our gunships and door gunners opened up. I was chalk 3. I remember Jim's Aircraft Commander declaring an emergency - co-pilot hit. He was at a high hover for some time before exiting. He flew to Cu Chi where Jim was pronounced dead due to a wound received in the neck. Details were provided by our Company Commander, MAJ McWorter. A memorial service was held in a chapel at our base camp at Dau Tieng. from Alex Vieglais, Black Widow 40, 5 July 96.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died of wounds
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
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
This record was last updated on 07/20/1996

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