Name: WO1 Harrell Samuel Mefford
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/29/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 19.6
Date of Birth: 12/05/1949
Home City: Irvine, KY
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/1/9 CAV 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 69-1
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 21W-034
Short Summary: Tail rotor failure at Tay Ninh middle of day-apache pad. He got everyone out of A/C but was hit by main rotor blade as he exited.
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16641
Service number: W3162736
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 04/06/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 01
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died illness or injuries
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: STONE CEMETERY, IRVINE, KY
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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