Name: CPT Michael James Kerl (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/06/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.2
Date of Birth: 11/08/1946
Home City: Drexel Hill, PA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 178 ASHC, 14 CAB
Major organization: Americal Division
Flight class: 67-17
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 05W-081
Short Summary: Power loss approaching FSB Siberia with water trailer. W/Alexander, Rogers, Williams and Flt. Srg. Aaron.
Aircraft: CH-47B tail number 67-18493
Call sign: Boxcar 20
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 11/18/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tin Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: AT903233
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: ST PETER & PAUL CEMETERY, SPRINGFIELD, PA
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: officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/1995
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