Name: CW3 Thomas Richard Okerlund
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 01/03/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot Passenger.
Declared dead on 11/06/1978.
Age at death: 22.4
Date of Birth: 08/05/1948
Home City: Seattle, WA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 61 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 70-1
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 05W-022
Short Summary: Left Qui Nhon in fixed wing to pick up 4 new UH-1 at Ban Me Thuot.
Aircraft: U-6A tail number 57-16384
Country: South Vietnam
Primary cause: SVN-BNR
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: fixed wing aircraft
Position in vehicle: passenger
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 04/19/1970
"Official" listing: fixed wing air casualty - non-aircrew
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile missing - bonified
Length of service: *
Location: Unknown Province
Military grid coordinates of event: BR960250
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: EVERGREEN-WASHELLI MEMORIAL PK, SEATTLE, WA (IMO)
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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