Mason, Gary Richard, 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
1969-1969, 100B, 52nd Aviation Battalion/189th Aviation Company
Service Years
1968 - 1969

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hendersonville
Last Address
Hendersonville

Casualty Date
Sep 14, 1969
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Shepherd Memorial Park - Hendersonville, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
18W 084

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Aviation Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Course1st Aviation Brigade52nd Combat Aviation Battalion52nd Aviation Battalion/189th Aviation Company
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Last Known Activity

Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/14/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 23.6
Flight class: 69-13
Short Summary: Flying II Corps General's ship. Had mechanical catastrophic failure after dropping off General enroute to Camp Holloway.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17316
Call sign: Ghostriders 316
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 07/09/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 02
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - other groups
This record was last updated on 07/29/1994
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Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17316
Incident number: 690914141ACD Accident case number: 690914141 Total loss or fatality Accident
The station for this helicopter was Camp Holloway 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:
P WO1 MARSH LARRY GLENN KIA
P WO1 MASON GARY RICHARD KIA
CE SP5 PRITCHARD GALE STEWART KIA
G SP4 CHAMPAGNE THOMAS EUGENE KIA

Accident Summary: more information available at the following URL:
http://www.vhpa.org/KIA/incident/690914141ACD.HTM

 This record was last updated on 05/25/1998


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Date posted on this site: 10/14/2014

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Comments/Citation
Army Warrant Officer Gary Richard Mason (1946-1969) – 189th Assault Helicopter Co., 52nd Aviation Battalion, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade – Gary R. Mason died Sept. 14, 1969, in a helicopter crash in Pleiku province, South Vietnam – “had mechanical catastrophic failure after dropping off general en route to Camp Holloway.” He was a helicopter pilot and was awarded the Bronze Star.

He was born Feb. 1, 1946, in Henderson County, NC, a son of Fred Crowell Mason Jr. (1925-) and Lois Mae Newman Mason (1926-1976). At the time of his death, he was married to Carol Mason and had a daughter. He and his mother’s grave sites are at Shepherd Memorial Park in Henderson County. 
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