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MARTIN GEHRING GIVEN

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Birth Date:  June 2, 1948

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Race:  Caucasian

Religion:  Protestant - No Preference

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

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Marital Status:  Single

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Home of Record:  Northfield, Massachusetts

Service Branch:  Army                                 

Service Component:  Reserve                      

Rank:  Warrant Officer

Rank Abbrev:  WO   

Pay Grade:  W1        

MOS:  062B              

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Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced: July 1, 1968

Major Command:  1st Aviation Brigade        

Air Assignment:

Air Group:  17th Aviation Group

Battalion:  52nd Aviation Battalion         

Company:  119th Assault Helicopter Company

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Casualty Date:  November 21, 1968

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Casualty Age:  20 

Casualty Data 1: Hostile, Died                      

Casualty Data 2:  Air Loss, Crash on Land    

Casualty Data 3:  Helicopter - Crew              

Casualty Province:  Kontum

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam 

Casualty Coordinates:  YA 646 508              

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Casualty Vehicle:  UH-1D Iroquois serial number 66-16297

Aircraft Incident Data:  click here for Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association report

Body Recovered:  Yes

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Northfieldís Fallen Casualty Order:  1st

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  38W  Line Number:  26


Helicopter UH-1D 66-16297

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16297
The Army purchased this helicopter 0467
Total flight hours at this point: 00000543
Date: 11/21/68
Incident number: 68112111.KIA
Unit: 2 SIG
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YA646508
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC WO1 GIVEN MARTIN GEHRING KIA
P WO1 STOREY ROBERT LEE KIA
CE SP5 ONTIS BILLIE JOE KIA
G SP4 SUMPTER EDDY GALE KIA
This record was last updated on 05/25/98

The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: WO1 Martin Gehring Given
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/21/68 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 20.5
Date of Birth: 06/02/48
Home City: Northfield, MA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 119 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-505/68-3
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 38W-026
Short Summary: With WO1 Robert Lee Storey. Nickname - Highpockets.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-16297
Service number: W3160763
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: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 07/01/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information is 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 05/25/98


Name: SP5 Billie Joe Ontis
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/21/68 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 20.8
Date of Birth: 02/06/48
Home City: Denver, CO
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 119 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 38W-029
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-16297
Service number: 16917193
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 03/01/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is 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: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 05/25/98


Name: WO1 Robert Lee Storey
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/21/68 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.3
Date of Birth: 07/22/46
Home City: Grand Forks Afb, ND
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 119 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-11/68-15
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 38W-031
Short Summary: With Marten Given. See book Silent Birdmen.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-16297
Service number: W3161466
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: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 09/09/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 01
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
The following information is 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 05/25/98


Name: SP4 Eddy Gale Sumpter
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/21/68 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 20.4
Date of Birth: 07/16/48
Home City: Judsonia, AR
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 119 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 38W-030
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-16297
Service number: 15875059
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 09/17/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information is 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: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 05/25/98

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16297
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0467.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6704   1    1 WQ1CAA GEN SUPPLY DIV   4THARMY    RED RIVER AD     AVCOM
6705   0    1 9221   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6706   0    1 9221   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6707   0    1 9221   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6708   0    1 9221   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6709   0    1 9221   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6710   0    1 9221   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6711   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6712   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6801   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6802   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6803   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6804   0    1 3300   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6805 100  101 WCDXAA 2D SIGNAL GRP    VIETNAM                     RVN
6806  55  156 3261   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6807 113  269 WCDXAA 2D SIGNAL GRP    VIETNAM                     RVN
6808  56  325 WCDXAA 2D SIGNAL GRP    VIETNAM                     RVN
6809  95  420 WCDXAA 2D SIGNAL GRP    VIETNAM                     RVN
6810  68  488 WCDXAA 119 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6811  55  543 WC5CAA 572ND MI DET     VIETNAM                     RVN


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VHPA Head Quarters or Gary Roush or Mike Law


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