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Name: CW2 Robert William Gotthardt
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/12/1968 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.7
Date of Birth: 08/19/1945
Home City: Jersey City, NJ
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: D/229 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 66-1
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 59E-003
Short Summary: First month in country. On second tour. OH-13 hit by RPG, then this AH-1G escort shot down, 6 KM South-Southeast of Gio Linh Village.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 66-15334
Service number: W3153002
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: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 04/06/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 03
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
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 04/12/1998

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