Kirkendoll, Jerry Wayne, 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
Transportation Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 100B, 117th Aviation Company (AHC)
Service Years
1969 - 1971

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Overland Park
Last Address
Overland Park

Casualty Date
Mar 15, 1971
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery - Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04W 050

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  1970, 4th Warrant Officer Company-Class 70-07 (Fort Wolters, TX), B/2
 Unit Assignments
1st Aviation Brigade12th Aviation Group220th Aviation Battalion117th Aviation Company (AHC)
  1969-1969, Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Fort Rucker, AL
  1969-1970, Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Fort Rucker, AL
  1970-1971, 100B, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1971, 100B, 12th Aviation Group
  1970-1971, 100B, 220th Aviation Battalion
  1970-1971, 100B, 117th Aviation Company (AHC)
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Last Known Activity


Status: Killed In Action while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Flight class: 70-13/70-7
Short Summary: Transmission seisure at 600 ft. AGL while departing Ton Son Nuit AFB.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-15441
Call sign: Warlord
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Started Tour: 07/03/1970
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Pentecostal
This record was last updated on 07/29/1995
 

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15441
Incident number: 710315041ACD Accident case number: 710315041 Total loss or fatality Accident. The station for this helicopter was Long Binh in South Vietnam
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:
AC WO1 KIRKENDOLL JERRY WAYNE KIA
P CW2GEORGE RAYMOND JAMES KIA
CE SP4 MORGAN GREGORY SCOTT KIA
G SP4 PEOPLES JERRY WAYNE KIA


Accident Summary:

 ^WO1 KIRKENDALL^, AIRCRAFT COMMANDER IN CHARGE OF ^441^ WAS ENROUTE TO NHA BE, LEAVING PLANTATION AT APPROXIMATELY 0730 ON 15 MARCH 1971, HE PICKED UP FOUR PASSENGERS AND TOOK THEM TO HOTEL-3, A HELICOPTER FIELD NEAR TAN SON NHUT AIRBASE. THE TOWER HAD CLEARED ^441^ TO DEPART AFTER RECEIVING A HOVER CHECK REPORT FROM THE CREW. AIRCRAFT ^441^ TOOK OFF ON A HEADING 360 DEGREES WITH A CLEARANCE TO MAKE A 270 DEGREE CLIMBING LEFT TURN. THE AIRCRAFT APPEARED TO BE MAKING A NORMAL TAKE OFF AND CLIMB OUT. IT STARTED A LEFT TURN WITH A NORMALLY INDICATED AIR SPEED APPROACHING 40 KNOTS AND AN ALTITUDE OF FROM 100 TO 150 FEET. IT WAS IN A LEFT BANKING TURN THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED TO ENCOUNTER SOME TURBULENT REACTION. THE AIRCRAFT WAS THEN OBSERVED TO DESCEND IN AN UNUSUAL ATTITUDE. THE BLADES WERE OBSERVED TO BE SLOWING AND IT WAS ALSO OBSERVED THAT PITCH WAS STILL BEING APPLIED TO THE BLADES. THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED TO DESCEND AND IT APPEARS AS IF THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED WITH A HIGH RATE OF DESCENT. THE AIRCRAFT EXPLODED ON IMPACT, WITH THE FRONT CROSS TUBE OF THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTING ON THE FORWARD SLOPE OF THE LARGE DITCH AND THE REAR OF THE AIRCRAFT SETTLING DOWN INTO THE DITCH. THE ENGINE, TRANSMISSION AND MOST OF THE BASIC BODY OF THE AIRCRAFT, TO INCLUDE THE TAIL BOOM, SETTLED INTO THE DITCH AND WERE BURNED. IT MUST BE NOTED THAT THE ROTOR HUB WAS BROKEN OFF THE MAST BUT THE BLADES DID NOT INDICATE STRIKING THE GROUND OR HAVE MUCH ROTOR RPM.\\

   
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Posted for: JERRY WAYNE KIRKENDOLL:
Im a distant cousin and knew your sister years ago. I always think of you when I hear of the losses in Vietnam. I know your family holds you in their hearts Elaine Swan POB 584 Marysville Wa 98270
Posted by: Elaine Swan
 
   
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