From: Bruce T. Bevans, Ex WO1, 161st AHC
Captain Oliver, nickname 'T.T.', was the 1st Platoon Commander at the time of his death serving as Aircraft Commander for UH-1H sn 66-16675. He was, also, on an extended tour of duty after his original DEROS date. During a break in the action with other aircraft, Captain Oliver was standing outside his shutdown Huey. He was struck in the head by a single bullet. It is not known if this was a single sniper round.
WO Langdon Carpenter (Estacada, OR) was the pilot during this incident and has provided what he recalled from this incident.
I remember that we were taking out resupply to a grunt unit on my AC check ride. We had our tail rotor cable shot out while trying to take off and I had to set the aircraft down. Capt Oliver tried to lift the bird but it started to spin again so we shut it down. He was shot while exiting the aircraft. Then all hell broke lose with the grunts, they were shooting everywhere. They brought in napalm on the closest tree line which was on the ships right side. I remember we were on the ground for at least 3 hrs.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)
Burial information: LONGWOOD CEMETERY, BEDFORD, VA
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: officer
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Date posted on this site: 05/16/2021
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