Name: CW2 Jon Michael Sparks
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 03/19/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Declared dead on 03/11/1976.
Age at death: 21.1
Date of Birth: 02/24/1950
Home City: Carey, ID
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 48 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 70-29
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04W-058
Short Summary: Shot down over Laos. W/Fred Cristman. Started tour in Nov 1970.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 65-09489
Call sign: Joker guns
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Laos-BNR
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 10/18/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: missing in action - bonified
Length of service: *
Military grid coordinates of event: XD585428
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
Burial information: CAREY CEMETERY, CAREY, ID (IMO)
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 08/10/1992
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