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Name: CW3 Robert "Smitty" Charles Link
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 04/21/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Declared dead on 05/22/1978.
Age at death: 33.0
Date of Birth: 04/10/1935
Home City: Washington, DC
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 17 AHC, 10 CAB 16 CA
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 67-5
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 51E-022
Short Summary: Shot down by AAA fire near A Shau valley during recovery mission in marginal weather. W/Olsen. See memo.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-01209
Call sign: Fosdick 5
Service number: W3155937
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: *
Primary cause: SVN-BNR
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 09/29/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: missing in action - bonified
Length of service: *
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD481033

Additional information about this casualty:
At time of disappearance, Link and Olsen were assigned to 17 AHC in support of 101 ABN. The 17 later (end of May 68) became Bravo Co, 101th Aviation Bn.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
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 01/15/2004

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