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Name: CW2 Phillip Randall Pannell (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/14/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 23.1
Date of Birth: 01/19/1946
Home City: Plainview, TX
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/1/9 CAV 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 68-13/68-21
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 29W-039
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 66-15301
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 11/23/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
Bodies were found undistrubed approximately eight months later. In a letter to Pannell's parents from Major James W. Hanks dated 6 Feb. 1970 he states, " Information reveals that Randy was killed by a blast wound that affected the whole body and death was immediate."

Following is a quote from a telegram to my parents, "Since the aircraft your son was piloting was operating over enemy controlled territory at the time of the incident and still is under control of hostile forces, the death of your son has been determined to be a result of hostile action." Randy was providing gunship cover for a lightweight observation aircraft on a low level reconnaissance mission according to the reports we received when they were shot down. From: Shirlene Juno

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - other groups
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 03/05/2012

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