Name: WO1 Leroy James Westra
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/24/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Died 1 days later on 05/25/1971.
Age at death: 21.4
Date of Birth: 01/10/1950
Home City: Northumberland, PA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/7/17 CAV
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 70-39
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 03W-055
Short Summary: Engine failure, fire and crash landing on test flight. Westra pulled crew chief Short out. Westra died next day.
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16253
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 01/15/1971
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: AR905455
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died illness or injuries
single male U.S. citizen
Burial information: MOUNTAIN PRESBYTERIAN CEM, NORTHUMBERLAND CO, PA
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 07/29/1995
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