Name: WO1 James Dale Earnest
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/24/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.2
Date of Birth: 05/18/1947
Home City: Alamo, TX
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 175 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-1
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 20W-038
Short Summary: Aircraft destroyed by a seed bomb that activated when the helicopter hovered over it.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-00879
Service number: W3164133
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 04/13/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 01
Location: Kien Tuong Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: ROSELAWN CEMETERY, MCALLEN, TX
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
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