Yonika, Thaddeus M., Jr., WO1 Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Warrant Officer 1
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
100E-Attack Helicopter Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Last Unit
1969-1969, 100E, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment/A Troop
Service Years
1968 - 1969

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Warrant Officer 1


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1948
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
West Middlesex
Last Address
West Middlesex

Casualty Date
Dec 21, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Tay Ninh
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Hillcrest Memorial Park - Hermitage, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
15W 081

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 Unit Assignments
Formal Schools/Warrant Officer Rotary-Wing Aviator Course (WORWAC)Cavalry Divisions/1st Cavalry Division9th Cavalry Regiment/1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment
  1968-1968, Formal Schools/Warrant Officer Rotary-Wing Aviator Course (WORWAC)
  1968-1969, Formal Schools/Warrant Officer Rotary-Wing Aviator Course (WORWAC)
  1969-1969, 100E, Cavalry Divisions/1st Cavalry Division
  1969-1969, 100E, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment/A Troop
 Combat and Operations History
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign 9 June to 31 October 1969 VSM Streamer
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970 VSM Steamer
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 12/21/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Flight class: 69-15
Short Summary: Flying low while working LOH mission. Gun enplacements opened up causing crash into trees.
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16142
Service number: W3165909
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Started Tour: 08/24/1969
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
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Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16142
Incident number: 69122121.KIA
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
UTM grid coordinates: XT181843
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, LNNF, CASRP, HUGHS (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Casualty Report. )

Crew Members:
P WO1 YONIKA THADDEUS M JR KIA
CE SP5 GRAY CHRISTOPHER JAMES KIA (CE = Crew Chief)
OB SGT KALETTA BARRY PAUL KIA )OB = Observer)

This record was last updated on 05/25/1998


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