Name: WO1 Alan Carson Maness
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/03/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.8
Date of Birth: 10/30/1946
Home City: Newport, NC
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/158 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 69-5
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 18W-028
Short Summary: Killed by our own troops while brown sector officer of the day at Camp Evans 101 ABN.
Service number: W3162849
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Ground Casualty
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Started Tour: 05/09/1969
"Official" listing: ground casualty
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
On September 3, 1969, WO Alan C. Maness was accidentally killed while performing duties as the night duty officer. He was checking the bunker guards on the perimeter. He had checked one bunker and left to go to the next bunker. The story was that he forgot something or had lost something, possibly his watch and returned to the previous bunker to search for the missing item. He surprised the soldiers at the bunker and one of the soldiers accidentally shot WO Maness. Soldiers of the Phoenix were manning the second bunker line and were upset at what had happened to Mr. Maness. They wanted to fire on the bunker where Mr. Maness was killed. Fortunately there weren't any further action taken by the Phoenix guards. It could never be determined if the soldiers at that bunker were on drugs or whether he startled them and it was an accident. Maness was respected by his fellow unit members. [Taken from]

Reason: accidental homicide
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married 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 05/21/2015

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