Bates, Carl Calvin, Jr., SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67A-Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 67A, 57th Aviation Company (AHC)
Service Years
1968 - 1969

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ft Smith
Last Address
Ft Smith, Arkansas

Casualty Date
Aug 17, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Rose Lawn Cemetery - Fort Smith, Arkansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel W19 Line 53

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57th Aviation Company (AHC)52nd Aviation Battalion
  1968-1969, 67A, 57th Aviation Company (AHC)
  1968-1969, 67A, 52nd Aviation Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
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Last Known Activity

SP4 Carl C. Bates Jr. was a flight-qualified helicopter mechanic and crewman serving with the 57th Assault Helicopter Company based at Kontum, RVN. On August 17, 1969, SP4 Bates was the gunner on a U.S. Army UH-1H helicopter during a flight into Laos to recover a Special Forces LLRP team when the aircraft was fired on by a hostile ground force. Bates was fatally wounded and the crew chief was critically injured. The aircraft was able to maintain flight and did not crash or burn. [Taken from and information provided by Kenneth Morrison (October 2003) at]
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