Orrico, John Thomas, CW2

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
100E-Attack Helicopter Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 100E, 214th Aviation Battalion/191st Assault Helicopter Company
Service Years
1968 - 1970

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Chief Warrant Officer 2



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ridgefield
Last Address
Ridgefield

Casualty Date
Nov 02, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Kien Giang
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Saint Mary?s Cemetery - Ridgefield, Connecticut
Wall/Plot Coordinates
06W 035

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Note from Editor: By the time of this incident, the 191st AHC had actually been moved from the 214th Avn Bn to the 13th Avn Bn. However, the TWS software does not have this listing available to select.           CW2 Phillip M. Kemp
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Status: Killed In Action .......... while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.

Unit: 191 AHC, 3 PLT GUNS

Flight class: 69-17

Short Summary: Main rotor separation outside of Rach Gia, Mekong Delta with Douglas Campbell.

Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15219

Call sign: Bounty Hunter

Primary cause: Main Rotor Loss

Started Tour: 08/04/1969

single male U.S. citizen

Race: Caucasian

Religion: Roman Catholic

This record was last updated on 06/22/2001
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Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15219
Incident number: 701102021ACD Accident case number: 701102021
Total loss or fatality Accident
The station for this helicopter was Can-Tho in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: WS128016
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 CW2 ORRICO JOHN THOMAS KIA
P WO1 CAMPBELL DOUGLAS JOHN KIA
CE SP5 BROWN KENNETH LAVERN KIA
G SP5 MALONEY OSCAR KIA

Accident Summary:


AT 0650, 2 NOVEMBER 1970, AIRCRAFT UH-1C, SN 66-15219, WITH THE ABOVE CREW TOOK OFF FROM RACH GIA SHORT STRIP HEADING FOR THE RACH SOI AIRFIELD TO REFUEL. AFTER MAKING A RIGHT TURN OUT OF TRAFFIC AND LEVELLING OFF AT 500 FEET THE MAIN ROTOR SYSTEM SEPARATED FROM THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT THEN NOSED OVER AND CRASHED INTO THE GROUND EXPLODING ON IMPACT. THE TRAIL GUNSHIP WHICH WAS FOLLOWING BEHIND AT THE TIME, CIRCLED THE AREA LOOKING FOR ANY POSSIBLE SURVIVORS. THE AIRCRAFT WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED AND THE CREW LOST.\\

This record was last updated on 05/25/1998

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Date posted on this site: 01/22/2013

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John Orrico: Decorated Vietnam Victim

Army Chief Warrant Officer John T. Orrico was the third and final Ridgefielder to die in the Vietnam War. He was killed Nov. 2, 1970, when the helicopter he was piloting had a mechanical failure and crashed. Just a few months earlier, he had received the Distinguished Flying Cross “for heroism in action while engaged in aerial flight in connection with military operations against a hostile force.” Before that, he had been awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Air Medal. The 1966 Ridgefield High School graduate had attended The Citadel before entering the Army in 1968. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred G. Orrico, had founded the King Neptune Restaurant here.

   
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 Unit Assignments
Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Fort Rucker, AL1st Aviation Brigade13th Aviation Battalion214th Aviation Battalion/191st Assault Helicopter Company
  1968-1969, Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Fort Rucker, AL
  1969-1969, Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Fort Rucker, AL
  1969-1970, 100E, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1970, 100E, 13th Aviation Battalion
  1969-1970, 100E, 214th Aviation Battalion/191st Assault Helicopter Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Colleges Attended 
Citadel
  1966-1968, Citadel
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