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Name: CW2 John Anthony Jelich
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/01/1972 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 25.5
Date of Birth: 10/07/1946
Home City: Stevens Point, WI
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: D/229 AHB 1 CAV
Prior Unit: C/1/9 CAV 1 CAV 68-69
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 68-509/68-13
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-126
Short Summary: Hit by heavy gound fire, crashed, & burned near Tay Ninh.Gunner Owens KIA. 1st T Sep 68 - Sep 69 in C/1/9 CAV W/ callsign Cavalier 18
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 69-16075
Call sign: SMILING TIGER 19
Service number: W3159819
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 10/31/1971
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: XT088792
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
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
This record was last updated on 08/02/1997

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