Hunsicker, James Edward, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1971-1972, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1969 - 1972

Aviation


Ranger
First Lieutenant


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Denver
Last Address
Denver, Pennsylvania

Casualty Date
Apr 24, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Kontum (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Remains Not Recovered, Vietnam
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 006

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1972, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator Badge (Basic)
Parachutist (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
Airborne School4th Battalion, Aviation Training Brigade (Cadre) Fort Rucker57th Assault Helicopter Company1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1970, 1542, Airborne School
  1971-1971, 1981, 4th Battalion, Aviation Training Brigade (Cadre) Fort Rucker
  1971-1972, 1981, 57th Assault Helicopter Company
  1971-1972, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Colleges Attended 
  1965-1969, Carson-Newman College
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Hunsicker was a 1964 graduate of Cocalico Senior High School, Denver Pennsylvania and of Carson-Newman College, Tennessee. 

He entered the Army as an enlisted soldier 30 June 1969.  He received his commission in May 1970 following his graduation from OCS Fort Benning. In June 1971, he graduated from the Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Alabama with Flight class: 71-14

On 24 April 1972, he was the aircraft commander of a UH-1H (tail number 69-15715) that was shot down by .51 cal 500 meters from Dak To. The aircraft was shot down during extraction of MACV Team from Tanh Canh.

He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions on that date. He also received two Vietnamese awards: National Order of Vietnam Fifth Class and the Vietnames Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Individual Award.

He remains MIA.

A memorial grave was established for him in Pleasant View Cemetery, Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.
   
Comments/Citation
Awards:
http://lancasteronline.com/news/vietnam-helicopter-pilot-saved-lives/article_0b6d5c3f-3f91-5c35-aa95-5dbe3609cacf.html

"Accept Awards", Lebanon Daily News, Pennsylvania8 November 1972, page 8

"Awards of Pilot Go to Parents," Lebanon Daily News, Pennsylvania, 4 November 1972, page 16
   
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