Name: CW2 Donald Carthel Estes
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/24/1966 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 30.9
Date of Birth: 08/06/1935
Home City: Auburn, AL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/229 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 64-5W
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 08E-084
Short Summary: Hit by AA or artillery and exploded in air with Delmas S. Townsend. See "Wings for the Valient" page 29.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 63-08811
Service number: W3151994
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Artillery?
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 08/12/1965
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 08
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: BETHLEHEM EAST CEMETERY, KENT, AL
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 10/06/1998
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