Name: CW2 James Leavell Purser
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/19/1965 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 36.6
Date of Birth: 11/25/1928
Home City: Anaheim, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 119 AHC
Major organization: other
Flight class: 58-1
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02E-014
Short Summary: Shot down during resupply to Dak Sut, caught fire, tail boom separated, aircraft hit inverted and exploded on impact. No survivors.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 63-08604
Service number: W2210606
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: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 05/27/1965
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 18
Location: Kontum Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Baptist - other groups
Burial information: FT DONELSON NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, DOVER TN
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 07/28/1998
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