Name: WO1 Ricky Palmer Mattern
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/03/1967 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.4
Date of Birth: 04/20/1945
Home City: Everett, WA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 118 AHC
Major organization: other
Flight class: 66-23
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 25E-093
Short Summary: Cargo door came loose and flew up into rotor blades at night w/ James L. Ante.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 64-13722
Call sign: Thunderbirds
Service number: W3155312
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 03/05/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
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
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