Name: WO1 Eric R. Koeppen
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/11/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 20.5
Date of Birth: 12/25/1947
Home City: Mankato, MN
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/7/17 CAV
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 67-503/67-23
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 52W-015
Short Summary: Hit in the back of the head by the main rotor while walking away from his helicopter over its revetment. Shouted warning not heard.
Aircraft: UH-1C
Service number: W3159323
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 04/03/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Binh Thuan Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
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 08/20/1995

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