FUCHS GREGORY GERALD

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Name: CPT Gregory Gerald Fuchs
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/04/1969 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.6
Date of Birth: 10/16/1946
Home City: Brecksville, OH
Service: AD branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/101 AVN 101 ABN
Prior Unit: C/158 AVN 101 ABN 69
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 68-4
Service: AD branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 23W-063
Short Summary: Fuchs was in C/158 when it formed at Ft. Riley. He was infused into A/101 "Comancheros" at Chu Lai. See Sholar.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-00819
Call sign: Comancheros
Service number: O5426591
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
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: 01/02/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 03
Location: Quang Tin Province I Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
On 5/23/69, I was aircraft commander training Greg to be an aircraft commander. I was shot going into medevac wounded from 501 Inf BN west of Tam Ky. Greg saved my life and all other crew members when I was shot off of the controls. Because I was evaced, Greg was immediately made aircraft commander. Two weeks later Greg was flying the mission that took his life and that of everyone on board. It was one of the few crashes that was investigated by the safety board out of Ft. Rucker. The board determined that the helicopter was blown up in flight when a fragmentation grenade that the door gunner was handling blew up. They did this by having the ordnance people at Aberdeen inspect the gunners chicken plate. Jim Furman, Austin, TX. July 1998.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Friends (Quaker)
Burial information: MAPLE SHADE CEMETERY, INDEPENDENCE, OH
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: officer
This record was last updated on 06/18/2015


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