Name: CW2 Russell Wilford Kistler
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/12/1966 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 41.5
Date of Birth: 07/10/1924
Home City: Dothan, AL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 197 AHC
Major organization: other
Flight class: 65-12
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04E-067
Short Summary: Aircraft went down at sea off Qui Nhon. They were attacked by sharks before they could be rescued.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 63-08653
Service number: W2215832
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 11/11/1965
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 22
Location: Offshore, Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed at sea
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
Burial information: MEMORY HILL CEMETERY, DOTHAN, AL
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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