Name: WO1 Ronald Smith Mc Crary
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/03/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 20.8
Date of Birth: 03/15/1948
Home City: Columbus, MS
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 155 AHC, 10 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-17
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 35W-028
Short Summary: Crash into a mountain between Ban Me Thuot and Dalat after going IFR in low clouds. Other three crew members survived.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16527
Service number: W3163107
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident WX
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 11/24/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Tuyen Duc Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Church of Christ
Burial information: FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY, COLUMBUS, MS
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 07/29/1994
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