Name: WO1 Wilfred F. Schmidt, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/13/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 23.4
Date of Birth: 11/01/1945
Home City: Silvis, IL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/7/1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-7
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 27W-078
Short Summary: Reported severe vibration on start up. Shut down, checked, started again. Crashed enroute to AO. No radio message.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 66-15308
Call sign: APACHE
Service number: W3160939
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100E = Attack Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 03/24/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 03
Location: Kien Giang Province IV Corps.
Additional information about this casualty:
Was in the front seat which was thrown clear about 50 yards on impact.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
Burial information: ROCK ISLAND NATIONAL CEMETERY, IL
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 08/14/1999
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