Name: 1LT Josef Lloyd Thorne
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/19/1965 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 24.4
Date of Birth: 11/17/1940
Home City: Brookings, SD
Service: AT branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 145 AIRLIFT PLAT
Major organization: other
Flight class: 64-2
Service: AT branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01E-105
Short Summary: Combat assault north of Qui Nhon at LZ Alpha.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 63-08632
Service number: O5532159
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
Burial information: GREENWOOD CEMETERY, BROOKINGS, SD
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: officer
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