Name: WO1 Martin Lester Taber (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/20/1969 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.4
Date of Birth: 04/07/1947
Home City: Miami, FL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: D/3/5 CAV
Major organization: 9th Infantry Division
Flight class: 68-13/68-21
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 19W-082
Short Summary: Flew into ground during a night rocket run. With James R. Waldowski.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 68-15032
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown or not reported
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 11/14/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Kien Hoa Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Baptist - other groups
Burial information: VISTA MEMORIAL GARDENS, MIAMI LAKES, FL
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 08/20/1995
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