Name: CW2 Larry Duane Leitch (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/01/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.9
Date of Birth: 04/24/1947
Home City: Grand Ledge, MI
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 48 AHC, 17 CAG
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-3
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 13W-071
Short Summary: Lost power in LZ 2 on CA insertion - rotor blade hit boulders in LZ & whipped thru greenhouse hitting Leitch in head breaking neck.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-15681
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 04/22/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Khanh Hoa Province II Corps.
Additional information about this casualty:
Pat Ewins crew chief and door gunner carried Larry Leitch out of his aircraft with a broken neck. LZ 2 was west of Cam Rahn Bay. Larry was aircraft commander. Information from Pat Ewins, 3932 Riley, Houston, TX 77004. TEL 713-666-0666
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: OAKWOOD CEMETERY, GRAND LEDGE MI
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 08/22/2000
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