Name: WO1 Paul Robert "Pappy" Moran (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/15/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.7
Date of Birth: 07/15/1945
Home City: Stoneham, MA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/229 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 69-3
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 13W-131
Short Summary: Gun shot wound in head. Died enroute to Tay Ninh hospital. Under 20 days left in country. Only shot flight of 8 took at 2000 ft.
Aircraft: UH-1H
Call sign: Black Bandit
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 04/22/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 02
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
A 51 caliber bullet entered his leg and exited through his head. Weaver had breakfast with him that morning, he had under 20 days left in country and volunteered to fly. He was flying with C/229 to fill in a lift, with a newby crew. The pilot was disoriented and headed the wrong direction after Moran was shot. A AH-1G pilot headed him to Tay Ninh Medivac pad. Moran was dead on arrival due to loss of blood. from Bill Poluliah C/229, 27 Feb 94. Gunner was either Leon Hill or Mike Powell. from 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 08/03/1997

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