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Name: CW2 Lawrence Lee Kelly (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/12/1971 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 27.9
Date of Birth: 09/07/1943
Home City: Munhall, PA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: D/3/5 CAV
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 70-23
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 03W-129
Short Summary: Returning from mission flying at altitude along the DMZ, A/C flew through GT line of 122 rocket & exploded. W/1LT J.C. Thompson & blues.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17791
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: ARTY in Flight
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 10/21/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile dead - died out-right
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: XD073672
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 08/27/1997

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