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Name: CW2 Henry Clay Knight
Status: Remains Returned from an incident on 10/20/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Declared dead on 07/31/1974.
Age at death: 25.6
Date of Birth: 03/18/1943
Home City: La Habra, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 243 ASHC, 10 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-507/68-7
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 40W-007
Short Summary: See Deitsch.
Aircraft: CH-47A tail number 66-19053
Service number: W3161007
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062D = Helicopter Pilot, Medium Transport
Primary cause: SVN-BNR-OW
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown or not reported
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 10/03/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile missing - bonified
Length of service: *
Location: Khanh Hoa Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: BP661790

Additional information about this casualty:
Hi, My name is Shayne Henderson, My [first] husband was CW2Henry C. Knight, whose aircraft (CH47A 19053) was reported MIA on October 20, 1968. He was a Chinook pilot with the 243rd Assault Support Helicopter Company (the "Freight Trainers" and the same company as Jon Beckenhauer, whom I believed was interviewed for your video: Flight Line: The Army Helicopter Pilots of Vietnam) ... His remains have now been recovered and positively identified, along with those of his other crew members, and will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on May 25th, 2001 (11:00 a.m.)... I was wondering if it would be possible for me to purchase a copy of this video... is it available for sale yet? Also, could you please send me some information about your event? My daughter (who was only 1 year old when her father, Henry ("Hank") Knight, left for Vietnam - only to be reported MIA within the first three weeks of leaving home. He was 25 years old. We would be very interested in knowing more about your reunion, if it is available to "civilians"... and especially if proceeds go to help the Vietnam War Memorial Museum. Thank you, and best regards, Shayne Henderson P. O. Box 789, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 Tel: 800-316-9585 or 865-436-7892 Fax: 865-430-3442 Cell: 865-384-5952 email:

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: unknown or not reported
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
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