Name: 1LT Joseph C. Spence, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 12/24/1970 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 23.7
Date of Birth: 04/06/1947
Home City: Franklin, VA
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/3/17 CAV
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-40
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 05W-007
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 68-15171
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
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: 07/18/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Binh Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: BEECHWOOD CEMETERY, BOYKINS, VA
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: officer
This record was last updated on 02/21/1994
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