Pepe, George William, 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, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1968 - 1969

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Warrant Officer 1


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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
East Granby, CT
Last Address
East Granby, CT

Casualty Date
Sep 10, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Bernard's Cemetery - Tariffville, Connecticut
Wall/Plot Coordinates
18W 065

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1969, Aviation Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Course (Fort Wolters, TX), A
 Unit Assignments
Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training Course (IERW)170th Assault Helicopter Company 1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1969, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training Course (IERW)
  1969-1969, 170th Assault Helicopter Company
  1969-1969, 170th Assault Helicopter Company
  1969-1969, HHC, 17th Aviation Group
  1969-1969, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation

Name: WO1 George William Pepe
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/10/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.3
Date of Birth: 05/06/1948
Home City: East Granby, CT
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 170 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-9
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 18W-065
Short Summary: Shot down west of Plieku. Burned up in post crash fire. Crew chief and door gunner where thrown clear.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-16602
Service number: W3164975
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 06/09/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16602
The Army purchased this helicopter 0767
Total flight hours at this point: 00001344
Date: 09/10/1969
Incident number: 69091010.KIA
Unit: 170 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: ZA025457
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC WO1 LUNDBERG PETER THOMAS KIA
P WO1 PEPE GEORGE WILLIAM KIA
G SP4 HOUGH JAMES X RES


War Story:
I was the gunner, It's been too many years and I quess I blocked things out too well and sorry to say don't remember the crew chiefs name,maybe Rick? We were taking a captain from one check point to another just down the supposedly secure road. We were going down the road 80+ knots at treetop level - too low. We took a rocket forward to my front and nosed down hit the ground and flipped. I woke up on the ground. The Captain broke some ribs and other injuries. The crew chief injured his back I think. I was the only one who was able to move around, but I was torn up pretty good. When I got to the crash, the bird had nosed down and the nose had flattened and the bird was on fire. I got the peter pilot out but--- I don,t remember what happened to the pilot. I quess my mind blocked it out. It really pissed me off at the time because after we crashed no one from either check point would come to help us! I always had extra weapons in case of a crash and wouldn't you know it we lost everything. Luckily for us a Chinook saw the smoke and got us out or we wouldn't have made it out. I really would like to remember and get in touch with the others. from: James X. Hough at
jhough@twcny.rr.com

   
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