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Name: MAJ Richard Driggs Le May, Jr. (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/12/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 27.7
Date of Birth: 01/11/1941
Home City: New Britain, CT
Service: AR branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: D/1/4 CAV 1 INF
Major organization: 1st Infantry Division
Flight class: 63-7T
Service: AR branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 44W-038
Short Summary: Shot down by .51 cal 2 miles east of loc ninh, crashed in rubber plantation with 1LT William hanson. on second tour.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 67-15517
Call sign: DARKHORSE 36
Service number: O5218886
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 61204
Primary cause: .51 Caliber
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 05/30/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 04
Location: Binh Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)
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: officer
This record was last updated on 06/20/1997

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