Bilbrey, Edmond David, Jr., CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade/48th Assault Helicopter Company
Service Years
1969 - 1971

Transportation Corps


One Overseas Service Bar

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Mar 11, 1971
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Santa Fe National Cemetery - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel W4 Line 36

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1970, 4th Officer Student Company-Class 70-6 (Fort Wolters, TX), B/4
 Unit Assignments
Staff and Faculty Battalion, Primary Helicopter Center and SchoolU.S. Army10th Aviation Battalion1st Aviation Brigade
1st Aviation Brigade/48th Assault Helicopter Company
  1969-1970, Staff and Faculty Battalion, Primary Helicopter Center and School
  1970-1970, Aviation Maintenance Manager Course
  1970-1971, 1981, 10th Aviation Battalion
  1970-1971, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1971, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade/48th Assault Helicopter Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Lam Son 719
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  Burial Info2
  Mar 12, 2015, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/11/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 27.8
Date of Birth: 06/01/1943
Home City: Albuquerque, NM
Service: AV branch of the National Guard component of the U.S. Army.
Flight class: 70-6
The Wall location: 04W-036
Short Summary: Laos shot down
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Started Tour: 08/26/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Military grid coordinates of event: CLASSIF
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
This record was last updated on 06/20/1992

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Date posted on this site: 10/14/2014

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Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15097
The Army purchased this helicopter 0467
Total flight hours at this point: 00001715
Date: 03/11/71
Unit: 48 AHC
UTM grid coordinates: XD493357
Loss to Inventory


A/C was protecting a downed helicopter crew when it came under attack
from the ground during Lam Son 719. Pilot was shot through the neck and
the acft crashed into the side of a hill. Pilot's body recovered 4 days later.

CPT Edmond D. Bilbrey [P]
2 injured


Profile administrator's note:

While not included in the above posted information, it is apparent from other
VHPA records that there was another crewmember killed in the same crash:
 Crew Chief, SP5 John Thomas Lockhart
(ATWS Fallen Profile 57962)
He is included in the below photo of 48th AHC Jokers at Ninh Hoa
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