Name: WO1 Gary Leroy Wesselman
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/19/1967 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 23.7
Date of Birth: 08/06/1943
Home City: Montebello, CA
Service: reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 175 AHC
Major organization: other
Flight class: 66-17
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 18E-051
Short Summary: Crashed as part of a flight of four returning to Vinh Long from Sa Dec in very thick clouds and fog. Impacted very near Vinh Long.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-16088
Call sign: Outlaw
Service number: W3154726
Country: South Vietnam
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 12/05/1966
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Vinh Long Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: RESURRECTION CEMETERY, SOUTH SAN GABRIEL, CA
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 05/29/1997
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