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Name: WO1 Francis James Klassen
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/10/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.5
Date of Birth: 05/17/1947
Home City: North Little Rock, AR
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 334 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 71-25/71-21
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-065
Short Summary: Transmission seizure at 1500 ft on night flare mission with CW2 James Patrick Delaney, pilot. Elmore was stick buddy in TAC-X.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16036
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 09/21/1971
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Gia Dinh Province III Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YS092794
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - Southern Baptist Convention
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: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 02/23/2003

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