JENKINS RAY G
Name: WO1 Ray G. Jenkins
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/28/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.8
Date of Birth: 04/25/1945
Home City: Logan, UT
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 336 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 67-17/67-15
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 41E-067
Short Summary: Killed on the ground by a mortar while refueling the flare ship during a night mortar attack.
Service number: W3157809
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Ground Casualty
Compliment cause: artillery or mortar
Started Tour: 11/12/1967
"Official" listing: ground casualty
Length of service: 01
Location: Ba Xugen Province IV Corps.
Additional information about this casualty:
WO1 Ray G. Jenkins was killed in action on 2/28/68. His listing in the 2000 VHPA Directory reads - "WO1 Jenkins, Ray G. 2/28/68, 41E-067 AR 1 AVN BDE Class: 67-17/15 Cause: Ground casualty How Died: Ground casualty. MOS 062b"
Ray was a slick pilot with the 336th Assault Helicopter Company (Warriors), located in IV Corps. Ray was killed in a night mortar attack on our airfield, Soc Trang, while trying to get in his aircraft to launch to provide flares for the gunships. He was flying the UH-1D flare ship for the night covering the airfield with the T-Birds (guns) and had landed for fuel when the attack began. I was working the 336th Flt Ops that night and remember the XO and others running out to help Ray, but it was to late. I had just flown with him a few days before on a Navy mission.
The 336th AHC Febraury 1968 Report stated "On the 29th , at 0220 hours, Soc Trang came under heavy mortar and recoilless rifle attack. Close to 100 rounds fell in the 336th area. WO Ray Jenkins was killed as he tried to get "T-Bird Thunder" (the flare ship) airborne. "T-Bird 3" took a direct hit, Warrior 6 and Red Devil sustained moderate damage. One of the wrecker trucks took a direct hit and was destroyed. Many Warrior aircraft were hit with shrapnel as were many billets."
John C. Turnbull, email@example.com
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Reason: artillery or rocket
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
Burial information: LOGAN CITY CEMETERY, LOGAN, UT
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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