Name: CW2 James Mitchell Stever
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/28/1972 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Died 3 days later on 10/31/1972.
Age at death: 28.3
Date of Birth: 07/06/1944
Home City: Visalia, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 18 AVN
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-17/69-15
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01W-087
Short Summary: Hovering backwards to get room for takeoff, tail skid got caught in wire and A/C flipped over backwards into a canal.
Aircraft: OH-58A tail number 69-16102
Service number: W3165159
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 03/27/1972
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile wounded or ill or injured - very serious
Length of service: *
Location: Unknown Province
Military grid coordinates of event: WR510430
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died illness or injuries
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Church of Christ
Burial information: FORT RILEY POST CEMETERY, FORT RILEY, KS
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: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/29/1995
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