Name: WO1 James A. Gruezke
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 12/23/1965 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 25.2
Date of Birth: 10/27/1940
Home City: Newberry, MI
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/82 AVN 173 ABN
Major organization: 173rd Airborne Brigade
Flight class: 65-13W
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04E-035
Short Summary: Killed in the traffic pattern at Phu Loi airfield.
Service number: W3152788
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Started Tour: 12/14/1965
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 04
Location: Unknown Province

Additional information about this casualty:
Jim was a classmate of mine. He was killed in the traffic pattern at Phu Loi airfield, where I was stationed. From: Stan Perry

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
Burial information: MAPLE PARK CEMETERY, MILAN, MI
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 11/21/2006

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