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Name: WO1 Patrick G. Fitzsimmons
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/24/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.6
Date of Birth: 01/02/1949
Home City: Ventura, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 190 AHC, 145 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-39/69-37
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 07W-001
Short Summary: Fitz was killed on a visual recon of the Bien Hoa perimeter.
Aircraft: OH-58A tail number 68-16914
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: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 01/04/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Unknown Province

Additional information about this casualty:
Fitz was killed on a visual recon of the Bien Hoa perimeter. and his length of service was approx 2 years (boot camp straight to flight school then 8 months in Vietnam.) A great guy who got the OH58 slot I wanted. Guess it goes to show that sometimes not getting what you want is a good thing. From: Rock Lyons, CW4 retired

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)
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 03/14/2010

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