Name: 1LT James Frederick Spencer
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/28/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Died 5 days later on 11/02/1969.
Age at death: 22.6
Date of Birth: 03/12/1947
Home City: Oscoda, MI
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/227 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 69-16
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 16W-020
Short Summary: Crashed flying IFR at night at FSB Buttons. Spencer's dogtags were used for the MIA/POW stamp.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-15767
Call sign: Ghost Rider
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: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 07/25/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 02
Location: Phuoc Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died illness or injuries
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)
Burial information: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, VA
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 02/21/1994
Additional information is available on CD-ROM.
Please send additions or corrections to: The VHPA Webmaster Gary Roush.
Return to the Helicopter Pilot KIA name list
Return to the KIA panel date index
Date posted on this site: 09/23/2017
Copyright © 1998 - 2017 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association