Name: WO1 Tommie Allen Rolf
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/20/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 20.8
Date of Birth: 07/27/1947
Home City: El Campo, TX
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/2/20 ARA 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 68-501/68-1
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 64E-008
Short Summary: Ground casualty due to an ammo dump explosion at LZ evans.
Service number: W3159494
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Ground Casualty
Compliment cause: unknown
Started Tour: 04/30/1968
"Official" listing: ground casualty
Length of service: 02
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
At Camp Evans on May 20, 1968, a rocket attack hit the 1st Cav ammo dump and the entire thing went up. The only casualty that I know of was a fellow flight school classmate in the bunker next to where I was hiding. His name was Tommie Rolf. The bunker he was in was about six feet underground. He was walking over to get a soda out of the refrig. when an unfused 155mm artillery shell that had been hurled from the ammo dump explosion crashed through the ceiling and hit him in head breaking his neck.

From: Steve Shaw

Reason: artillery or rocket
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
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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