Name: MAJ William Otto Schmale
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/23/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot Passenger.
Age at death: 34.5
Date of Birth: 03/11/1934
Home City: Cullman, AL
Service: AT branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: HHC/1 AVN 1 INF
Major organization: 1st Infantry Division
Flight class: 58-8FW/68-?Q
Service: AT branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 47W-053
Short Summary: Fixed wing pilot went through RWQC in 1968. Killed very soon after arriving in country going to investigate an accident.
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16097
Service number: O97970
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 7423 = 74 Aviation Safety Officer
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 08/16/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 14
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
Burial information: MEMORY GARDENS, CULLMAN, AL
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
This record was last updated on 08/20/1995
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