Name: WO1 Lawrence Milton Stuck
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/21/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 19.9
Date of Birth: 06/22/1949
Home City: Atlanta, GA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 336 AHC, 235 AWC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-509/68-13
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 24W-072
Short Summary: Soc trang. Shot through the chest de-arming, clearing a minigun on the ground that had no bullet catcher.
Aircraft: UH-1C
Service number: W3159846
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Minigun Acciden
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Started Tour: 08/26/1968
"Official" listing: ground casualty
Location: Ba Xugen Province IV Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
 As my memory serves me: Mr. Stuck was on Stand-down, for outprocessing, with less than ten days until DEROSing back to CONUS. He was serving an extension of his tour. He had volunteered that morning to fly on a local area gun-support mission. The light fireteam returned to Soc Trang to rearm and refuel. As it was near lunch and they were going to return to the AO , they shut down just off the active. To allow clearance for incoming fixed-wing they parked in close trail rather than at an angle. Larry exited the lead AC and was standing there waiting on the other crew members to go for chow. A round had remained (jammed) in one of the miniguns on the trail aircraft. It discharged striking Mr. Stuck. He died instantly. E. Earl Caddell Warrior 1, 336th Aslt Hel Co. (1/69-9/69) Delta 44, 164th Avn GP (9/69-12/69)

Reason: accidental homicide
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - other groups
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 12/12/2000

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