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Name: WO1 Arthur Lawrence Papale
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/16/1969 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 23.4
Date of Birth: 09/05/1945
Home City: Biloxi, MS
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 57 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-19
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 32W-045
Short Summary: LRRP insert near Polei Kleng, west of Kontum. Enemy fire hit controls. Lost 90 degree gear box on take off, flipped & exploded. All died
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-16091
Call sign: GLADIATOR
Service number: W3163328
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: 01/03/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: ZA055956
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
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 07/20/1998

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