Name: CW2 Billie Joe Wilson
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/07/1971 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 30.9
Date of Birth: 05/08/1940
Home City: Tutwiler, MS
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: C/7/1 CAV
Prior Unit: 68 AHC
Major organization: USARV
Flight class: 70-3
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04W-112
Short Summary: Copilot who left aircraft to help downed crew. The aircraft struck the tail rotor and crashed on top of Wilson. Had one week to DEROS.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15824
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100E = Attack Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 06/22/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Kien Giang Province IV Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: VR862667
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: SUNSET MEMORIAL GARDENS, ODESSA, TX
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 08/03/1997
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