Name: CPT Roberto Samaniego
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/19/1965 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 29.8
Date of Birth: 08/22/1935
Home City: El Paso, TX
Service: AR branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 119 AHC
Major organization: other
Flight class: 64-1
Service: AR branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02E-015
Short Summary: Shot down during resupply to Dak Sut, caught fire, tail boom separated, aircraft hit inverted and exploded on impact. No survivors.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 63-08604
Service number: O5309263
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 05/27/1965
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 10
Location: Kontum Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: FT BLISS NATIONAL CEMETERY, EL PASO TX
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
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