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Name: 1LT August Karl Ritzau
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/27/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 23.3
Date of Birth: 07/23/1945
Home City: Clackamas, OR
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 187 AHC, 269 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-10/68-14
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 38W-078
Short Summary: Duneman called 'flare ship receiving fire' then that they had a flare onboard on fire. Gary Roush picked up bodies in CH-47. See Duneman
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 65-09620
Call sign: Crusader
Service number: O5241062
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 08/27/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 03
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
Lt Ritzau had just arrived in the 187th a few days earlier and was learning from Al Duneman.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
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 06/30/1997

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