Name: CW2 Richard Arthur Knutson
Status: Remains were returned on Oct 95 from an incident on 01/08/1973 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Declared dead on 05/03/1979.
Age at death: 23.3
Date of Birth: 09/11/1949
Home City: Hallock, MN
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 62 CAC, 11 CAG
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 72-33
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01W-109
Short Summary: Flying NOE in bad WX overflew DMZ near Quang Tri & shot down. ARVN saw NVA capture crew. See Wilson.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15619
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 12/04/1972
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: missing in action - bonified
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD324528
Additional information about this casualty:
A Vietnamese farmer had found Knutson's body and buried it in a village cemetery. A U.S.-Vietnam team trying to resolve questions about soldiers missing in action talked to the farmer and exhumed the body in October 1995. Dental records confirmed that it was Knutson.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
Burial information: GREENWOOD CEMETERY, HALLOCK, MN
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
This record was last updated on 06/06/1996
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