MARTIN WILLIAM TORBERT

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Name: WO1 William Torbert Martin
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/13/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.3
Date of Birth: 03/20/1948
Home City: Lake Charles, LA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: F/8 CAV
Major organization: Americal Division
Flight class: 68-517/68-31
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 21W-113
Short Summary: Shot down during armed recon mission N of Chu Lai on Sand Island? Just started letting down for first pass. Bob Drury scrambled for reco
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 68-17165
Call sign: Blue Ghost 17
Service number: W3162305
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 02/06/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Quang Nam Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: BT198540
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Presbyterian
Burial information: ORANGE GROVE CEMETERY, LAKE CHARLES, LA
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 12/10/1995


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