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Name: 1LT Kenneth Martin Schlie
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/20/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 26.8
Date of Birth: 12/20/1943
Home City: Vienna, VA
Service: MS branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 54 MED DET
Major organization: USARV
Flight class: 70-18
Service: MS branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 06W-013
Short Summary: Low level mid-air with B/123 AVN BN OH-6A after picking up wounded.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16617
Call sign: DUSTOFF 88
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Mid-Air
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 07/31/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Ngai Province I Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
1/Lt Schlie, Kenneth Martin was with the 54th, ChuLai Dustoff. We had the 54th & 68th Med Det's at ChuLai after Americal came on the scene & 11th & 198th Light Inf Bde's were added to ChuLai's AO. I was dusted off by the 54th when WIA 03/30/68 while with the 196th LIB; I returned to the 196th after 10 weeks and again was med evac'd the first mo. of my extension, went to Wm Beaumont Army Hosp, El Paso. When cleared for full duty I returned to VN & 68th (HA) in 07/69 as Flt Medic. The 68th had moved from the South just a month or so prior to my joining it. I spent 18 mos there; we covered the 11th & 198th LIB's with a field site at DucPho, 11th's HQ, (FSB Montazuma). 198th was headquartered S.W. of ChuLai. Lt Schlie & Wo1 Terrence A. Handley were killed in a mid-air while making a pick-up for the 198th, they collided with an OH-6 on departure from the PZ killing all crew & 3 WIA"S. It is a sad tale as Schlie & Handley were pretty green, they were in a borrowed acft (236th HA, DaNang) which came with the Crew Chief. The OH-6 spotter was KIA, but the pilot survived as they were low level on a ridge line. From: David Brassfield April 2005.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married 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: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 04/18/2005

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