Name: WO1 Leo Claude Hester, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/02/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 19.9
Date of Birth: 11/21/1949
Home City: Jacksonville, FL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: HHC 2 BDE 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 69-3/69-1
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 16W-019
Short Summary: Hit by RPG while hovering near a tree line. Transfered to Phouc Vinh from Dau Tieng because bored.
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16419
Service number: W3164007
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: RPG at Hover
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 04/21/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YT243992
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: BARRANCAS NATIONAL CEMETERY, PENSACOLA FL
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
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