Name: 1LT Robert Keefe Dwyer
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/11/1967 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Died 4 days later on 07/15/1967.
Age at death: 24.1
Date of Birth: 05/28/1943
Home City: Stamford, CT
Service: AT branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/227 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 66-16
Service: AT branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 23E-074
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 63-08844
Service number: O5021326
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: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 11/18/1966
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Additional information about this casualty:
Dwyer, Robert Keefe 1LT KIA 07/15/67 63-08844 B-227 out of Kontum. Info was non-eyewitness. This helicopter was flying C&C around the Kontum area when it lost its engine. The aircraft was destroyed on impact in mountainous terrain. The AC was WO Caronis. MAJ Dave Royce Kingsbury was in the back seat. I (Paul Vernon) lived in a tent with Marty Caronis who also died in this crash. 1LT Dwyer had a daughter born just before the crash. I have a photo of the crash after it was slung back to Kontum. Related during VHPA 1998 by: Paul Vernon P. O. Box340 Clinton, OH B/227 1966-69 229th in Chinooks 2nd tour.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died of wounds
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: LONG ISLAND NATIONAL CEMETERY, NY
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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