Name: WO1 Donald Bruce Thompson
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/08/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.4
Date of Birth: 02/29/1948
Home City: Ft Worth, TX
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 117 AHC, 222 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-29
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 08W-001
Short Summary: Died when gunship crashed into a hill trying to exit a socked in valley while escorting a DUSTOFF ship on a medevac mission.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15182
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 09/22/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile dead - died out-right
Length of service: *
Location: Binh Tuy Province III Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YT990405
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: SHANNON ROSE HILL MEMORIAL PARK, FORT WORTH, TX
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 10/24/2002
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