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Name: WO1 Richard Arthur Ovaitt
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/08/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.2
Date of Birth: 05/12/1947
Home City: Ramsey, NJ
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 68-3/68-1
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 49W-033
Short Summary: Gunship hit by RPG on combat assualt in A Shau Valley with CPT Gary Higbee, pilot.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15227
Service number: W3160363
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: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 07/02/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Presbyterian
Burial information: UNION CEMETERY, RAMSEY NJ
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
This record was last updated on 04/09/2015

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