Name: CPT Richard Wayne Watson
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/03/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.7
Date of Birth: 09/10/1944
Home City: Goldsboro, NC
Service: EN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: F/8 CAV, 23 INF
Major organization: Americal Division
Flight class: 68-2
Service: EN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 23W-060
Short Summary: Shot down near Quang Ngai City. Shot by VC after on the ground while helping his crew chief.
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16049
Call sign: Blue Ghost
Service number: O5253074
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1204 = 12 Armored Reconnaissance 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
Started Tour: 05/14/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 03
Location: Quang Ngai Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Baptist - other groups
Burial information: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, VA
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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