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Name: CPT Albert Merriman Smith
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/18/1966 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 27.6
Date of Birth: 06/29/1938
Home City: Washington, DC
Service: component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: HHC/145 AVN
Major organization: other
Flight class: 65-7
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 05E-049
Short Summary: Wire strike at Bien Hoa with LTC Charles M. Honour. Others killed were PIO Officer, medical personnel all on way to Vung Tau. See memo.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 64-14188
Service number: O5512896
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: *
Primary cause: Wire Strike
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 08/05/1965
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 04
Location: Unknown Province

Additional information about this casualty:
Honour Smith Compound at Bien Hoa was named after these two men who drove their Huey into a high tension tower between Saigon and Bien Hoa. There were also four nurses on board with the flight plan filed to terminate in Dalat. from John Mateyko.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: other religions (Hindu, Thai, etc.)
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 07/29/1994

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