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Name: WO1 Terry Francis Mezera
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/16/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.5
Date of Birth: 07/05/1949
Home City: Eau Claire, WI
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 135 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-49
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 05W-050
Short Summary: Flying combat assault, shot and killed. Co-pilot was Australian Stuart Rawlinson now living in western Australia. Ault was roommate.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16062
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 04/02/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: IV Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
Terry arrived in Vietnam 27 March 1970 with B. Holcomb. Both left Travis AFB together and arrived in Vietnam together. They also were class mates from basic at Ft. Polk to Rucker. from B. Holcomb at Reunion 96.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
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 02/23/2005

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