Name: 1LT William Russell Lewis, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/22/1971 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 24.5
Date of Birth: 04/26/1947
Home City: Ebensburg, PA
Service: MS branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 54 MED DET
Major organization: MACV advisors
Flight class: 70-44
Service: MS branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-049
Short Summary: After picking up ARVN wounded at night, crashed into mountainside SW of Chu Lai in very bad weather. Only two PAXs survived the crash.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15080
Call sign: Dustoff
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 03/18/1971
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Ngai Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: BS370895
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
Burial information: BLAIRSVILLE CEM, BLAIRSVILLE, IN
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: officer
This record was last updated on 11/14/2002
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