Name: CPT Gene Fletcher Matthews
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/26/1967 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 25.4
Date of Birth: 01/11/1942
Home City: Anson, ME
Service: AR branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: D/3/5 CAV, 9 INF
Major organization: 9th Infantry Division
Flight class: 66-14
Service: AR branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 20E-120
Short Summary: Mid-air at night of two gunships with Robert W. Cook. First flight after returning from stateside funeral of his brother.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00677
Call sign: Crusader
Service number: OF101971
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Mid-Air, Night
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 02/06/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: FOREST HILL CEMETERY, MADISON, ME
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: officer
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