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Name: CW2 Charles C. Pfordt, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/29/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.9
Date of Birth: 07/19/1944
Home City: Moylan, PA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: D/158 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 66-11
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 23W-017
Short Summary: Went IFR during night mission in A Shau Valley - hit mountain. During second tour. Great guy. W/ WO1 John A. Dixon. 1st tour ACO 4 CAB.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 68-15033
Call sign: REDSKINS
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident WX
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 03/26/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
Charles Pfordt Jr., "Chip", was my roommate in flight school at Ft. Rucker in 1965. He was soft spoken, classy, and a really good guy. I think he was a diver in college because we went to the officers club one day and he did some really technical dives that were very good. I lost contact with him after flight school, I was sent back to Vietnam for a second tour with 6 months left in the Army in January 1969. I was a Standardization instructor pilot in the 101st Airborne Division and I remember Chip coming through and I gave him a in-county check ride. Great pilot, probably better than I was at that time. Didn't know he died until I was reading the KIA list from the VHPA. RIP Chip, I think of you often, a life ended way too early.

From: Jeff Eick

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married 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: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 05/31/2016

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