Name: WO1 Loren Eugene Engstrom
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/13/1968 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 23.3
Date of Birth: 07/21/1945
Home City: La Canada, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 170 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 67-25/67-23
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 39W-059
Short Summary: Complete tail rotor failure caused by a 50 cal that sheared off tail rotor shaft during a rocket run.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15163
Service number: W3159970
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: .51 Caliber
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 03/20/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Binh Dinh Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, ALTADENA, CA
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 04/12/1998
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