Name: WO1 John Francis Fitzgerald (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/12/1968 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 20.9
Date of Birth: 05/20/1947
Home City: Norwood, MA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 187 AHC, 269 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 67-5/67-3
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 49E-032
Short Summary: Shot down near a rubber plantation southeast of Dau Tieng and burned with WO Eckle.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00670
Call sign: Rat Pack
Service number: W3155861
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: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 06/12/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Binh Duong Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: HIGHLAND CEMETERY, NORWOOD, MA
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 07/27/1994
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