Name: WO1 John Marshall Rucker
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/11/1969 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.9
Date of Birth: 06/16/1946
Home City: Decatur, GA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: D/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 68-7
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 25W-054
Short Summary: Engine quit, rolled on rt side in small pond drowned because could not open door. Between Hue/Phu Bai & Camp Eagle. CP Dave Price unhurt
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 67-15802
Call sign: Hawk
Service number: W3160931
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Engine Failure
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 07/16/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Baptist - other groups
Burial information: RESTHAVEN CEMETERY, DECATUR, GA
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 01/23/2008
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