Name: CPT Walter Alvin Souther III
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/24/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.6
Date of Birth: 12/05/1943
Home City: Lafayette, LA
Service: AT branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 173 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 67-4
Service: AT branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 55W-031
Short Summary: Crashed into the Nha Be River on take off from the Navy refueling point 10 klicks SE of Saigon. Souther drowned.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 67-17207
Service number: O5418606
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 or not reported
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 09/29/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 03
Location: Long An Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: GREENLAWN MEMORIAL PARK, LAFAYETTE, LA
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 01/28/2000
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