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Name: WO1 Richard Orrin Soper
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/23/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot Passenger.
Age at death: 19.9
Date of Birth: 10/14/1948
Home City: Flint, MI
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: HHC/1 AVN 1 INF
Major organization: 1st Infantry Division
Flight class: 68-503/68-1
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 47W-055
Short Summary: Passenger in an OH-6A to investigate an accident of an OH-13S when shot down between Quan Loi and Loc Ninh. Three other pilots on board
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16097
Service number: W3160561
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 05/31/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single 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: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/1995

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