Name: CPT Thomas Stokes Powell
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/19/1972 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 29.6
Date of Birth: 09/17/1942
Home City: Athens, TX
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: H/10 CAV
Prior Unit: C/7/17 CAV 71
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-4
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01W-003
Short Summary: Recon mission southwest of Pleiku against reported NVA brigade. 8 mm arms fire, crashed & burned. Last words "taking fire, taking fire!"
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16499
Country: South Vietnam
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 09/27/1971
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: AR982348
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Baptist - other groups
Burial information: OAKLAWN MEMORIAL PARK, ATHENS, TX
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: officer
This record was last updated on 03/27/2000
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