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Name: 1LT John William Simpson, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/16/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 28.5
Date of Birth: 01/06/1940
Home City: Columbus, GA
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 271 ASHC, 13 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 64-4W
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 52W-039
Short Summary: While refueling at Dong Tam, the forward transmission seized and killed Simpson as it departed the aircraft.
Aircraft: CH-47B tail number 66-19113
Service number: O5343886
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 02/01/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 10
Location: Dinh Tuong Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
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 05/20/1997

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