Hatfield, Michael James, WO1

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Last Rank
Warrant Officer 1
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
100B-Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 100B, 145th Aviation Battalion/190th Aviation Company
Service Years
1969 - 1970

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Warrant Officer 1

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Casualty Info
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Casualty Date
Mar 22, 1970
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Thuy
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Elmwood Cemetery - Grayling, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12W 033 / Plot: Blk 4

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 Unit Assignments
Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Fort Rucker, AL145th Aviation Battalion1st Aviation Brigade145th Aviation Battalion/190th Aviation Company
  1969-1969, Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Fort Rucker, AL
  1969-1969, Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Fort Rucker, AL
  1970-1970, 100B, 145th Aviation Battalion
  1970-1970, 100B, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1970, 100B, 145th Aviation Battalion/190th Aviation Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/22/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Flight class: 69-41/69-37 
Short Summary: Single ship hover down LZ - rocky ledge surrounded by jungle. rpg hit left rear crew compartment blowing off tailboom, engine.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 65-09629
Call sign: Spartan 17X
Primary cause: RPG
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 01/20/1970
Military grid coordinates of event: YT930167

Additional information about this casualty: 
Flying as co-pilot on a UH-1D single ship hover down LZ. Rocky ledge surrounded by jungle. RPG hit left rear crew compartment blowing off tailboom, engine and rotorsystem. Mike killed instantly from head injuries - could not be pulled from burning aircraft of 5 grunts on board 2 were wounded. Pilot and door gunner wounded.
from J. Logan, Spartan 17 July 1993

married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
This record was last updated on 05/25/1998



Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09629

Incident number: 70032202.KIA 
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY 
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
UTM grid coordinates: YT930167
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (RPG) The helicopter was hit in the Left Side causing a Fire.
Casualties = 04 WIA, 01 DOI . . 
The helicopter was parked. Aircraft Destroyed. Burned
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, LNNF, CASRP, CRAFX, FM385, JSIDR (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Summary: Helicopter hit by an RPG during a combat assault approximately 12 KM south of Tanh Linh. (Note: If this is correct, the UTM is wrong.)

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This record was last updated on 08/13/2014


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