Name: WO1 Levi Ray Reynolds
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/04/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 30.0
Date of Birth: 06/28/1938
Home City: Rising Sun, MD
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 67-15
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 53W-012
Short Summary: Engine quit on fire fly mission. Night autorotation went well but hit rice paddy dike with WO1 O'Neil.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15239
Call sign: BLACKANGEL
Service number: W3157662
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 12/08/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 06
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Additional information about this casualty:
Levi "Ray" Reynolds was my first cousin. We hunted together when I was a youngster and he was a young man. He was eight years older than me. I remember when he went in the Army and was destined to be a helicopter pilot. As you know from these records, he was killed on the 4th of July 1968. At that time, I had completed a tour of duty in the Marine Corps and was on my fourth day in the Maryland State Police Academy. I still remember my wife calling me at the academy and telling me that Ray had been killed in Vietnam and the family wanted me to be a pall bearer at his funeral. I got special permission to leave the police academy for one day to complete that request. For many years, I always wondered about the circumstances of Ray's death. Recently, I was home sick and started "fooling around" on the WWW. For some reason, I typed in "Levi Ray Reynolds Vietman" and was amazed that his name came up with all the statistics and circumstances of his helicopter accident. I just want to thank you for your efforts creating this site and I hope it provides others with some closure on the deaths of their loved ones. From: Fran Dixon, Maryland State Police (Retired)
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
Burial information: ROSEBANK CEMETERY, CALVERT, MD
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 08/27/1997
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