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Name: CPT Joel Thomas Hageman
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/12/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.4
Date of Birth: 10/21/1946
Home City: Wichita, KS
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/1/9 CAV 1 CAV
Prior Unit: 92 AHC 67
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 67-3/67-1
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04W-040
Short Summary: During gun run rotor head blown off by .51 cal in Cambodia west of Tay Ninh with 1LT Joyce. see memo.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 68-15062
Country: Cambodia
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 10/26/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Military grid coordinates of event: WT891658

Additional information about this casualty:
The following is from Ross Rainwater about Joel Thomas Hageman and Van John Joyce AH-1G crash 03/12/71: During gun run, rotor head came off. Post crash investigation suggested 90 degree gearbox separated, causing abrupt center of gravity shift. We speculated that combination of SCAS and pilot aft cyclic input caused severe mast bumping, resulting in snapped main rotor hub. Due to enemy situation all investigation was done from UH-1H hovering over crash site. Ross Rainwater, Investigating Officer. Cobra he was in took a tracer round in the fuel cell and helicopter exploded. by classmate CW4 Warren Applegate (assisted family with furnial) 3 July 1993

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Presbyterian
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 08/17/2000

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