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Name: WO1 Joseph Vincent Zappini, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/04/1969 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 21.3
Date of Birth: 02/19/1948
Home City: Orlando, FL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 128 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-13/68-21
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 23W-069
Short Summary: Gunship hit wire put up by VC and crashed inverted into the Saigon River. With WO1 Mayer, SP5 Turner, and SP4 Finch.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 63-08550
Service number: W3161710
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 10/04/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - other groups
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 08/08/1999

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