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EARL MARTIN MATTHEWS

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Birth Date:  February 21, 1947

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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:  Orange, Massachusetts

Service Branch:  Army                                 

Service Component:  Regular                      

Rank:  Specialist Five

Rank Abbrev:  SP5   

Pay Grade:  E5         

MOS:  67A1F            

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Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced: July 20, 1968

Major Command:  1st Cavalry Division         

Air Assignment:

Regiment:  2nd Brigade

Battalion:            

Company:  Headquarters & Headquarters Company

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Casualty Date:  March 21, 1969

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Casualty Data 1: Hostile, Died                      

Casualty Data 2:  Air Loss, Crash on Land    

Casualty Data 3:  Helicopter - Crew              

Casualty Province:  Tay Ninh

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam 

Casualty Coordinates:  XT 254 659

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Casualty Vehicle:  UH-1H Iroquois serial number 66-16926

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

Body Recovered:  Yes

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Orangeís Fallen Casualty Order:  2nd 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  29W  Line Number:  103


Helicopter UH-1H 66-16926

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16926
The Army purchased this helicopter 1067
Total flight hours at this point: 00001062
Date: 03/21/69
Incident number: 69032144.KIA
Unit: 2 BDE 1 CAV
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT254659
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 HERSCHBACH DAVID EDWARD KIA
CE SP5 MATTHEWS EARL MARTIN KIA

Passengers:
CPT MENNINGER GEORGE EDWARD, AR, PX, KIA;

This record was last updated on 05/25/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:

 


Name: WO1 David Edward Herschbach
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/21/69 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 20.6
Date of Birth: 08/16/48
Home City: East St Louis, IL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 68-23/68-41
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 29W-099
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16926
Service number: W3163761
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 03/04/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Tay Ninh Province III 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: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 05/25/98


Name: SP5 Earl Martin Matthews
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/21/69 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 22.1
Date of Birth: 02/21/47
Home City: Orange, MA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 29W-103
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16926
Service number: 11453358
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 07/20/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 03
Location: Tay Ninh Province III 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: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 05/25/98


Name: CPT George Edward Menninger
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/21/69 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Date of Birth: 07/04/42
Home City: Abilene, TX
Service: IN branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 29W-103
Service number: OF104906
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 71542
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 10/18/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 03
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Episcopal (Anglican)
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: officer
This record was last updated on 07/31/96


Name: CPT Robert Edward O Brien
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/21/69 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Date of Birth: 07/19/43
Home City: Pawtucket, RI
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 29W-104
Service number: O5329552
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1542 = 15 Infantry Unit Commander
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 07/22/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 04
Location: Tay Ninh Province III 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: officer
This record was last updated on 07/31/96


Name: 1LT Leonard Lee Preston, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/21/69 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Date of Birth: 06/03/44
Home City: Lexington, KY
Service: IN branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 28W-001
Service number: OF111812
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 2162 = 21 Operations & Training Staff Officer (G3, S3)
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 06/10/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Episcopal (Anglican)
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: officer
This record was last updated on 07/31/96

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16927
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 1067.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6710   0    0 W0Y6AA INTRANSIT        IN TRANSIT                  AVCOMCTR
6711  96   96 WAGGAA HHC2BDE 1CAVDIV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6712 118  214 WAGGAA HHC2BDE 1CAVDIV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6801   0  214 WAGGAA HHC2BDE 1CAVDIV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6802  37  251 WAGGAA HHC2BDE 1CAVDIV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6803   0  251 WAGGAA HHC2BDE 1CAVDIV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6804  57  308 3261   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6805 121  429 3261   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6806  56  485 3261   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6807 106  591 3261   OPM SEA NITEOPS  1ST ARMY   FORT BELVOIR     AMC
6808 168  759 WAGGAA HHC2BDE 1CAVDIV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6809  76  835 WAGGAA HHC2BDE 1CAVDIV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6810  52  887 WAGGAA HHC2BDE 1CAVDIV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6811  44  931 WAGGAA HHC2BDE 1CAVDIV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6812  60  991 WAGGAA HHC2BDE 1CAVDIV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6901  22 1013 WAGGAA HHC2BDE 1CAVDIV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6902  49 1062 WAGGAA HHC2BDE 1CAVDIV  VIETNAM                     RVN


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VHPA Head Quarters or Gary Roush or Mike Law


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