Name: WO1 Donald Harold Richardson (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/03/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot Passenger.
Age at death: 21.2
Date of Birth: 04/05/1948
Home City: Redwood City, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/1 AVN 1 INF
Major organization: 1st Infantry Division
Flight class: 68-509/68-15
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 23W-057
Short Summary: Kia as a helicopter passenger. Richardson and Tom Bonine (roommates) caught a hop on ash & trash 50 cal hit them after T/O from Phu Loi
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17809
Service number: W3161335
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 09/04/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Location: Binh Duong Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)
Burial information: GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL CEMETERY, SAN BRUNO CA
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
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