Name: 1LT John Edward Klingen
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/04/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.9
Date of Birth: 09/30/1947
Home City: Northport, NY
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 117 AHC, 145 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-524/68-44
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 18W-033
Short Summary: Lost tail rotor then main rotor due to mast bumping, crashed and burned on approach into Plantation AAF.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-15475
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: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 07/20/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 02
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Burial information: LONG ISLAND NATIONAL CEMETERY, NY
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 07/29/1994
Additional information is available on CD-ROM.
Please send additions or corrections to: The VHPA Webmaster Gary Roush.
Return to the Helicopter Pilot KIA name list
Return to the KIA panel date index
Date posted on this site: 09/23/2017
Copyright © 1998 - 2017 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association