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Name: WO1 John Martin Souther
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/20/1971 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Died 6 days later on 02/26/1971.
Age at death: 22.1
Date of Birth: 01/25/1949
Home City: Los Angeles, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 498 MED
Major organization: USARV
Flight class: 70-3/70-1
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04W-007
Short Summary: Died from burns six days after crash caused by inadvertent IFR in fog bank on final. AC Rauen, CE Gilliland died 20Feb70. Levulis 21Feb.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15273
Call sign: DUSTOFF 30
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 05/09/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: XD850418
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died illness or injuries
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
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: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/29/1995

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