Fox, David Nelson, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
1204-Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Armor (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 1204, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1966 - 1971

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dryden, NY
Last Address
Dryden, NY

Casualty Date
Feb 08, 1971
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Willow Glen Cemetery - Dryden, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
5W 87 / Plot: Lot 20 Section 28

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 Unit Assignments
7th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1971, 1204, 7th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment/B Troop
  1970-1971, 1204, 1st Aviation Brigade
 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
Name: CPT David Nelson Fox
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/08/1971 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 25.4
Date of Birth: 09/02/1945
Home City: Dryden, NY
Service: reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/7/1 CAV
Flight class: 70-4
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 05W-087
Short Summary: C&C hit at 4000 ft. in Laos and crashed. Fox and door gunner killed. Other two picked up. Page 111 "Into Laos".
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16063
Call sign: Bravo Dutchmasters
Country: Laos
MOS: G1204
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Started Tour: 05/23/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: *
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
   
Comments/Citation
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16063
The Army purchased this helicopter 0769
Total flight hours at this point: 00001855
Date: 02/08/1971
Incident number: 71020888.KIA
Unit: B/7/1 CAV
Laos
UTM grid coordinates: XD583302
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC CPT
FOX DAVID NELSON KIA
P CPT BEARDEN JOSEPH M RES
G SGT MILEY JOSEPH WAYNE KIA
CE SEAMAN JOHN RES


War Story:
This was the first aircraft lost during Lam Son. The AC was CPT Joe Bearden. The aircraft was hit by an exploding round which hit the gunner and then went through and blew up in the fuel cell. While trying to find a place to land with smoke coming out of the top and fire coming out of the hell hole, the flight control apparently burned through. The aircraft rolled inverted and the crew chief was thrown free. He went back to help other survivors and recovered Joe Bearden from the crash. I was the AC of the rescue helicopter and found the crash site easily from the smoke and fire. The crew was harder to find as they were in debris in a defoliated area. We found them eventually because the outside of the pilots flight jacket had been burned off and he was standing there with the international orange lining. As the rescue was attempted, we were taking heavy automatic weapons fire which was being suppressed by a Cobra flown by CW2 Jim Davis who was hovering at about 200 feet over the top of us.

The defoliated trees were thick enough that we could not get down to the crew so the decision was made to cut our way down with the main rotor blades. The crew chief of the downed aircraft pushed Joe Bearden as far up into the tree at which point my crew chief who had been an all Army weight lifter reached out and pulled him into the aircraft. The crew chief followed up the tree and was similarly recovered. He informed us that there were no further survivors and since Cpt Bearden was burned so severely on the neck and face we departed immediately to the medevac pad at Khe Sanh. As follow up, I carried some Vietnamese in to recover the bodies the next day and upon recovering them they threw a 38 revolver in my lap with all of the rounds cooked off and the grips burned away. This had been CPT Fox's personal weapon. It is an incident that has never left my mind. From: John R. Palmer
   
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