Casey, Thomas Jerome, Jr., WO1

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Last Rank
Warrant Officer 1
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
062B-Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 062B, 229th Aviation Battalion/B Company
Service Years
1967 - 1969

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wantagh
Last Address
Wantagh

Casualty Date
Feb 16, 1969
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Binh Long (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
32W 042

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Aviation Warrant Officer Rotary Wing CourseU.S. Army229th Aviation Battalion
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Status: Killed In Action....while performing the duty of Pilot.
Flight class: 68-3    (Note per ATWS page Admin: this is an error - actual Flight Class was 67-25 - see associated picture).
Short Summary: The engine quit during climb out. Crew radioed problem and attempted to return to the airfield. Tail boom hit a tree, crashed & burned.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-15286
Service number: W3160149
Compliment cause: weapons
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 05/20/1968
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
This record was last updated on 08/27/1997
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Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15286
Incident number: 690216101ACD Accident case number: 690216101 Total loss or fatality Accident
The station for this helicopter was Dau Tieng in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 0
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )

Crew Members:
P WO1 CASEY THOMAS JEROME JR KIA
P W1 WJ WEBER
CE E4 LE MOSBEY
G E4 WW KENNEDY

Accident Summary:

 THE CREW WAS ON A ROUTINE LOGISTICAL SUPPORT MISSION ON ^16 FEBRUARY 1969^. THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN LOADED WITH ABOUT 600 POUNDS OF CARGO AT APPROXIMATELY ^1500^ HOURS AND WAS PREPARING TO TAKE OFF TO THE SOUTH EAST. THE CREW MADE A HOVER CHECK AND REQUESTED TAKE OFF INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE TOWER. WHILE HOVERING TO THE ACTIVE RUNWAY, THE AIRCRAFT WAS AFFECTED BY A NEARBY ^CH-47^, WHICH CAUSED GROUND TURBULENCE. AFTER EXECUTING A LOW LEVEL TAKEOFF, THE AIRCRAFT CLIMBED TO AN ALTITUDE OF 100 TO 150 FEET AND 80 KNOTS AIRSPEED, THEN MADE A TURN FROM HEADING 140 DEGREES TO THE LEFT. AFTER REACHING THIS AIRSPEED AND ALTITUDE THE ENGINE QUIT. THE CREW COMMENCED TO EXECUTE AN EMERGENCY LANDING. A RADIO CALL WAS MADE TO ^TON LE CHAM^ TOWER EXPLAINING THE EMERGENCY. ON SHORT FINAL THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A TREE WITH THE TAILBOOM. THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN IN A LEVEL ATTITUDE WITH SUFFICIENT FORCE TO COLLAPSE THE SKIDS. THE AIRCRAFT SUBSEQUENTLY CAUGHT FIRE AND BURNED.\\


War Story:
Aircraft had engine failure out of Tonle Cham. Autorotated into triple canopy jungle. On impact, aircraft rolled nose down and to the left implacted ground nose first on left side and he was hit in the back of the head by a crate of ammo causing masive head injuries. All crew members were pulled out on a basket by a medevac. All equipment left behind, so I went in with a patrol on the ground to recover the equipment. Everything recovered except for the reason we when in and that was for the division CEOI (communications, electronics operations instructions). by Clinton Williams, platoon leader, July 1999.

Aircraft was on a Tactical Emergency Resupply of C Co. 5/7th CAV, 1st CAV DIV (Cool Killer 6). Unit was in active contact due to ambush. Aircraft had departed LZ Jake and was in the engagement area. Believe enemy fire caused engine failure resulting in loss of the aircraft. 1 dead, 3 injured.

From: William J. Weber B Co. 229th AVN BN, 1st CAV DIV

This record was last updated on 09/20/2009

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