Name: WO1 Ralph John Willard
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/21/1968 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 20.8
Date of Birth: 10/06/1947
Home City: Quincy, MA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/227 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 67-501/67-21
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 51W-028
Short Summary: Tail rotor shot out while sling loading TAC-E supplies at night. LZ west of Camp Evans W/Callahan. Pilots found dead strapped in seats.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17415
Service number: W3159240
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: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 03/17/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: MOUNT WOLLASTON CEMETERY, QUINCY, MA
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
This record was last updated on 06/01/2002
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