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Name: CW2 William Earl Royal
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/20/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.5
Date of Birth: 09/26/1949
Home City: Screven, GA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/16 CAV, 164 CAG
Major organization: USARV
Flight class: 69-35
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04W-062
Short Summary: Was Pink team wing man. Bailed lead ship out of aerial ambuch at the expense of his own life. Took B40 in fuel cell at 50 ft AGL.
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16037
Call sign: Darkhorse 13
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100E = Attack Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 02/26/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Kien Giang Province IV Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: VR982868

Additional information about this casualty:
In Delta. Bome base was Can Tho. Was flying AH-1G but extended tour to fly OH-6A.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
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
This record was last updated on 08/08/1999

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