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Name: WO1 James Birch Petteys
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/15/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 20.8
Date of Birth: 03/27/1948
Home City: Shippensburg, PA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/7/17 CAV
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-7
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-009
Short Summary: Exploded in air after hitting trees on low level gun run while on a VR north of Plei Djereng with 1LT Sterling Cox.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 67-15651
Service number: W3160915
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: 08/26/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
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 12/09/1995

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