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Name: 1LT John Douglas Hale
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 03/08/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Declared dead on 05/13/1971.
Age at death: 28.2
Date of Birth: 12/07/1942
Home City: Brandenburg, KY
Service: AR branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/2/17 CAV 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 70-38
Service: AR branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04W-032
Short Summary: Shot down by 51 cal. while on an armed recon - spun in and exploded on impact.
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16645
Call sign: BANSHEE 13
Service number: 15658804
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 0001 = - Duties Unassigned
Primary cause: SVN-BNR
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 01/13/1971
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: missing in action - interim
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD199129

Additional information about this casualty:
Hale was shot down by a .51 cal. located on tiger Mountain. You can get more information from VHPA members Bill Jones and Jim Miller as one or possibly both were covering Hale on that date. Hale relieved me on station and I did not find anything on the mountain that day. We were on the way back when I heard that he had been shot down. His aircraft exploded on impact. from Steve Pullen

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
Burial information: BENNETT CEM, MEADE CO, KY (IMO)
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 11/26/2003

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