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Name: WO1 Jerry Foy
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/27/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.4
Date of Birth: 01/10/1947
Home City: Philadelphia, PA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: D/3/5 CAV 5 INF
Major organization: 5th Infantry Division
Flight class: 70-49/70-47
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 03W-056
Short Summary: Died in the front seat on his first day in the AO when ship crashed possibly due to hostile fire.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 68-15168
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 05/09/1971
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD181450

Additional information about this casualty:
It was Foy's first day in the AO. He was flying in the front seat with CPT Paul Carter, who we called George. George was very well liked and was a very good pilot. I considered him a good friend. I recall that the official story was that they hit a snag while making gunruns in support of a ground unit. The unofficial version was that George had been saying that he was going to show Foy a thing or two, or make a point for some reason. He had been making his dives steeper than usual and pulling out lower than usual. According to most versions, they were not supporting any ground unit; George just flew it into the ground. It was a tragedy for everyone that knew him. I don't know what was on his mind or what happened but if the unofficial version is true George was acting very much out of character. Submitted to the VHPA in March, 2000 by Fred Blanchard.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Negro
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
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 03/27/2000

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