Name: WO1 Thomas Allison Knopik
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/18/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.4
Date of Birth: 06/27/1949
Home City: Excelsior, MN
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/3/17 CAV
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-49
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 06W-068
Short Summary: While doing traffic pattern work, hit CH-47 rotor wash, lost tail boom. Aircraft crashed inverted. W/IP WO1 B.L. Miller at Quang Tri.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15565
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: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 03/28/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: FT SNELLING NATIONAL CEM, MINNEAPOLIS MN
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 07/29/1994
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