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Name: CPT Robert Wayne Vehling
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/11/1972 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 24.2
Date of Birth: 11/15/1947
Home City: Greenwood, IN
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 162 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-501
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-096
Short Summary: Shot down app. 8 miles south of Ca Mau during a mission covering CH-47's on resupply. Greg Bradley and Lynn Pennington were wingmen.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 65-09543
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: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 08/30/1971
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: An Xugen Province IV Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: WR190000
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
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: officer
This record was last updated on 03/05/2002

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