Name: 1LT Stephen Edward Shields
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/20/1972 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 23.6
Date of Birth: 11/19/1948
Home City: Clinton, MD
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: F/79 ARA 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 71-36
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01W-047
Short Summary: Shot by .51 cal triangular ambush near An Loc. Survived crash, took refuge in a bomb crater, then killed in gun fight with NVA.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 67-15670
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: .51 Caliber
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 02/03/1972
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: missing in action - P I D
Length of service: *
Location: Binh Long Province III Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: XT783762
Additional information about this casualty:
Shot down while flying John Parker's (Blue Max 31) wing.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: US MILITARY ACADEMY CEMETERY, WEST POINT, NY
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 07/20/1998
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