Name: WO1 Lewis C. Gilder
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/03/1967 while performing the duty of Pilot Passenger.
Age at death: 23.4
Date of Birth: 04/17/1944
Home City: Mt Meigs, AL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 4 TC CMND
Major organization: other
Flight class: 67-5/67-3
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 25E-092
Short Summary: Kia as a helicopter passenger. He was flying to see a friend and the door flew off into the main rotor.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 64-13722
Service number: W3155872
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 06/14/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Location: Unknown Province
Additional information about this casualty:
Mr. Gilder was assigned to the 4th T.C. Flight Section at Hotel 3. This unit was part of what later evolved into the 201st AVN Co. in 1968. The aircraft lost its stabilizer bar and went inverted into a barracks at Cu Chi. According to my CO "many" people were killed in the barracks. He was new to my unit, from Alabama. A really nice guy! Bob Chenoweth, July 96.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
Burial information: GILDER FAMILY CEMETERY, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, AL
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/23/2002
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