Name: WO1 Eldon Ray (Duke) Payne
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/14/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 31.0
Date of Birth: 02/07/1939
Home City: Oklahoma City, OK
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 281 AHC, 17 CAG
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-9
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 13W-009
Short Summary: On Sniffer Mission with Thomas Guenther, lost tail rotor & crashed into mtn. Class leader of class 69-9. Had prior service as E-7
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-17127
Service number: W3164974
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Tail Rotor Fail
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 06/02/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 12
Location: Khanh Hoa Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: SUNNY LANE CEMETERY, DEL CITY, OK
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/28/1994
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