Name: CW3 James Larry Phipps
Status: Remains were returned on 2014 from an incident on 01/09/1968 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Declared dead on 01/28/1976.
Age at death: 24.1
Date of Birth: 12/09/1943
Home City: Matoon, IL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/7/17 CAV
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 66-19
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34E-009
Short Summary: May have missed a turnpoint enroute to OA. Received intense enemy fire, crashed & exploded. Eye witnesses said no survivors. See REFNO.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00745
Call sign: Blue Ghost
Service number: W3154894
Country: South Vietnam
Primary cause: SVN-BNR
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 10/10/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: missing in action - bonified
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tin Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: AT955308
Additional information about this casualty:
The first combat casualties of 7/17 (Original C Troop) will be buried at Arlington Cemetery on June 17. Warrant Officer Larry Phipps, Ranier Ramos and crew members Fred Newton and Warren Secrist were lost on jan 9, 1968 in Quang Nam Province, I Corps. They were MIA, later KIA-BNR and identifiable remains were recovered and recently identified.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, VA (IMO)
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 02/28/2015
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