Name: WO1 Allen Harvey Robertson
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/03/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 20.7
Date of Birth: 10/06/1948
Home City: Knoxville, TN
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: HHC/1 BDE 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 68-23
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 23W-057
Short Summary: Died making bunker bombs with SSG Gaylord Kerr.
Call sign: Whale
Service number: W3162626
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Ground Casualty
Compliment cause: weapons
Started Tour: 03/05/1969
"Official" listing: ground casualty
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Additional information about this casualty:
SP5 David Miles, SSG Kerr, and WO1 Robertson were making 'bunker bombs' in the armorer's shack at Tay Ninh. They crewed a LOH together. They would remove the fuzes from two captured 82mm mortar rounds and tape these to an American frag grenade. Dave decided to go take a shower. Three or four minutes later there was an explosion. The other two died. Dave said there wasn't much left of them. Submitted by David Miles VHCMA 1998 Reunion. Larry Ford sent a copy of information contained in a book written about Allen's high school friend, Pattye Sampson Taylor.
Reason: other accident
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
Burial information: KNOXVILLE NATIONAL CEMETERY, TN
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 06/26/1998
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