Name: WO1 Gerald Douglas Spradlin
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/29/1972 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 19.7
Date of Birth: 09/28/1952
Home City: Ft Rucker, AL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: H/17 CAV
Prior Unit: B/7/17 CAV 72
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 71-39
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01W-033
Short Summary: Hit by RPG.
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 66-17771
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: RPG
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 03/10/1972
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: missing in action - interim
Length of service: *
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: AS198598
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: WESTVIEW CEMETERY, OZARK, AL
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 11/14/2001
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