Name: WO1 Gerald M. Ortego
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/21/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 30.2
Date of Birth: 08/25/1938
Home City: Simmesport, LA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: HHC 198 BDE 23 INF
Major organization: 198th Light Infantry Brigade
Flight class: 68-5/68-3
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 38W-029
Short Summary: Dilled by a 122mm rocket while running up on the HQ pad at Da Nang. TDY to 1st Marines.
Aircraft: OH-23G tail number 64-15303
Service number: W3160662
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 06/13/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 06
Location: Quang Nam Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: CHRIST THE KING CATHEDRAL CEMETERY, SIMMESPORT, LA
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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