Name: WO1 Stephen Andrew Young
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/09/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.3
Date of Birth: 04/13/1948
Home City: Las Cruces, NM
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/1/9 CAV 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 20W-120
Short Summary: While flying the area north of Nui Ba Dinh in between LZ Beverly and Cambodia, hit by gun fire, told C&C he was on fire then exploded.
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16269
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 05/10/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Additional information about this casualty:
Steve was flying in the area North of Nui Ba Dinh in between LZ Beverly and the border (Cambodia in the area of the little red school house), when his aircraft began receiving heavy ground fire. For several thousand meters he evaded still receiving fire, he stated to the C&C bird that he was on fire, but tried to continue until the aircraft exploded. The C&C bird then called in an airstrike and the Air Force sent two F-4's losing one in the process (I don't know if the pilot survived or not). I went on the insertion to recover the remains. William L. Gaillard 8 Nov 1995.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
Burial information: FT BLISS NATIONAL CEMETERY, EL PASO 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 06/06/1996
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