Name: CPT Gary Lee Higbee
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/08/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 23.4
Date of Birth: 02/27/1945
Home City: Montgomery, MI
Service: AT branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 163 AVN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 67-14
Service: AT branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 49W-029
Short Summary: Gunship hit by RPG on combat assault in A Shau Valley. Copilot Richard Ovaitt.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15227
Service number: O5420467
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: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 12/06/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 04
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Baptist - other groups
Burial information: LESTER CEMETERY, ALGANSEE, 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: officer
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