Name: WO1 Gerard Francis O'Connor
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/26/1970 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.5
Date of Birth: 10/20/1947
Home City: Herington, KS
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 162 AHC, 164 CAG
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-23
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-065
Short Summary: Got too low on gun run and hit trees. The other crew members escaped with serious injuries.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15214
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100E = Attack Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 09/14/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Kien Hoa Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: ST JOHNS CATHOLIC CEMETERY, HERINGTON, KS
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
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