Name: CW2 Sven Sterning Mason (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 12/16/1969 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 21.9
Date of Birth: 01/26/1948
Home City: Littleton, CO
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 235 AVN, 164 CAG
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-21
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 15W-064
Short Summary: Due to deros in 3 days. Volunteered to fly because of being short of pilots. With Jim Hayes.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 67-15799
Call sign: Dealer
Service number: W3162495
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: 02/07/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 02
Location: Chuong Thien Province IV Corps.
Additional information about this casualty:
Extended in Vietnam to fly Cobras. Crashed in heavy weather at night returning from a mission. Body was recovered by "Tiger Surprise" then flown to Cam To. shot down with 50 cal from "friendly" ARVN compound nearby crash site. Crash site found by Dealer 23.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
Burial information: FT LOGAN NATIONAL CEMETERY, DENVER CO
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 07/20/1996
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