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Name: CW2 Gary Wayne Engelhardt
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/17/1970 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.7
Date of Birth: 01/22/1948
Home City: Muncie, IN
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 254 MED DET
Major organization: USARV
Flight class: 69-29/69-27
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 06W-005
Short Summary: Shot down or crashed on pinacle south of Tuy Hoa supporting ROK. John Farrance Dustoff 01 believes all died.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15466
Call sign: DUSTOFF
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
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: 03/15/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Phu Yen Province II Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
I just read the incident report on a friend of mine and my CW2 husband at the time. Gary Englehardt. My ex-husband and Gary were stationed at The VIP Flight Detatchment at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, from November of 1969-March of 1970. I remember Gary as being a very handsome very blonde headed young man. I still remember walking in that door and seeing him sitting at a card table eating Bugles! My ex- husband CW2 Daniel S. Brown wrote me from Viet Nam that he was in flight when he heard that Gary's helicopter went down and that it burned. Gary's son called me around 1995 asking about his father. I had posted on some site about knowing Gary. Have never forgotten the fine young man that lost his life that day. From: Renee' King-Brown

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
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 10/30/2017

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