Name: WO1 Dee Aaron Hyden (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 12/15/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.4
Date of Birth: 07/25/1948
Home City: Amarillo, TX
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 176 AHC, 14 CAB
Major organization: Americal Division
Flight class: 68-521/68-39
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 15W-058
Short Summary: Flare mission at night with 200 ft ceiling went IFR - WX, 5 crew KIA - Lt Stockton, Barritt, (Rose, & Keeler to go home next day). memo.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16206
Call sign: Minuteman
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident WX
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 02/18/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 03
Location: Quang Tin Province I Corps.
Additional information about this casualty:
The following was provided by Steve Kerchenfaut about WO1 Dee Aaron Hyden and 1Lt Don Eugene Stockton, Jr. in July 1992: Rose and Keeler were going home the next day. I was operations officer and they came to say goodby to me. When the call came in for a flare mission, they said "one more". They physically threw the crew chief off and went up with Stockton, Hyden and Barritt. Steve Kerchenfaut.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Baptist - other groups
Burial information: LLANO CEMETERY, AMARILLO, TX
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
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