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Name: CPT Richard Eric Newton
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/06/1967 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 37.3
Date of Birth: 12/07/1929
Home City: Columbus, OH
Service: reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 128 AHC
Major organization: other
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 17E-113
Short Summary: Lift link failed and the transmission seized causing a crash during Junction City with WO1 James Darcy.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 64-13744
Call sign: TOMAHAWK 26
Service number: O1932185
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: A/C Accident MN
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 01/09/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 16
Location: Unknown Province

Additional information about this casualty:
At the time of Dick's death he was platoon leader of the second platoon of the 128th (Tomahawks) which was assigned to the 11th Aviation Battalion at Phu Loi, a part of the 12th Aviation Group. I was Dick's newly arrived replacement as T-26 and served as his summary courts officer.

From: Benjamin B. Powell, Jr., LTC, AUS (Retired), Tomahawk 26 (also Robin Hood 5 (173rd AHC), Black Hawk 5 and Blackhawk 6 (7/1 Air Cavalry))

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
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
This record was last updated on 12/11/2011

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