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Name: WO1 John Raymond Smith (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/30/1970 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 27.5
Date of Birth: 10/20/1942
Home City: Columbus, GA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 45 MED
Major organization: other
Flight class: 69-17/69-15
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-077
Short Summary: Shot up picking up a 25 Inf Div WIA in Nui Dat area. Right seat survived.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-16793
Call sign: DUSTOFF 10
Service number: W3165155
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 08/02/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Binh Tuy Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - other groups
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: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/08/1999

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