Name: WO1 Robert Reade Thruston III
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 12/18/1964 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 24.3
Date of Birth: 08/27/1940
Home City: Fairfax, VA
Service: TC branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 117 AHC
Major organization: other
Flight class: 64-4W
Service: TC branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01E-077
Short Summary: Killed by "one shot charley" on take-off. Started tour Sept 1964.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 62-02070
Service number: W3151978
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
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: 04
Location: Khanh Hoa Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
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
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