Ahrens, Russell George, SP 5

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Last Rank
Specialist 5
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67N20-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 67N20, 571st Medical Detachment (Dustoff), 67th Medical Group
Service Years
1969 - 1971

Specialist 5

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Selden, NY
Last Address
Selden, NY

Casualty Date
Mar 18, 1971
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04W 057 / 2L, 6385

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialDustoff AssociationThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1971, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1971, Dustoff Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Aviation Badge (Basic)

 National Guard Awards

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
571st Medical Detachment (Dustoff), 67th Medical GroupUS Army Vietnam (USARV)
  1970-1971, 67N20, 571st Medical Detachment (Dustoff), 67th Medical Group
  1970-1971, 67N20, US Army Medical Command, Vietnam (Provisional)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

SP5 Russell G. Ahrens, crew chief, was killed on a flight into Laos during Lam Son 719 on 18 March 1971 when he was hit by .51 caliber antiaircraft fire.  His crew did survive.  He was killed while aboard a helicopter Dustoff ambulance,  a UH-1H, from the 571st Medical Company / Detachment (Air Ambulance), 67th Medical Battalion. No tail number listed as he was the only casualty.

Note: These Dustoff detachments served as MedEvac units.  Ahrens was the only 571st crewman killed in the operations into Laos.

Memorial for the 571st (video):  http://www.vietnamdustoff.com/inmemoryof571st.html
Combat Operations:  http://www.vietnamdustoff.com/dustoffunits.html
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