Pfefer, Arthur Thomas, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Military Intelligence
Last Primary MOS
4312-Real Estate Officer
Last MOS Group
Quartermaster Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 525th Military Intelligence Group
Service Years
1964 - 1968

Military Intelligence


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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
St Paul
Last Address
St Paul

Casualty Date
Jul 25, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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US Army Vietnam (USARV)525th Military Intelligence Group
  1968-1969, 4312, US Army Vietnam (USARV)
  1968-1969, 525th Military Intelligence Group
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  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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Last Known Activity
525 MI GRP
A Note from The Virtual Wall
On 25 July 1969 a UH-1H (tail number 67-17533) from the 525th Military Intelligence Group conducted an administrative flight which included a stop at Ban Me Thout before continuing on to Pleiku City. The cloud ceiling was about 450 feet above ground level on departure from Ban Me Thout, well below the 1000 feet required by the 525th's operating procedures, but the pilot in command decided it was practical to make the flight by maintaining visual flight conditions just below the overcast and following Highway 14.

As the Huey flew toward Pleiku a combination of rising ground and lowering ceiling forced the aircraft to reduce its altitude to approximately 50 feet AGL. As it approached Dragon Mountain visibility rapidly deteriorated, and the pilot took control of the aircraft, slowed to about 80 knots, and initiated a right turn, apparently intending to reverse course and regain visual flight conditions. Instead, the aircraft struck the side of Dragon Mountain on a 50 to 60 degree slope, slid about 60 meters uphill, flipped end-over-end, and rolled about 30 meters back down the hill where it came to rest, upside down, and burned.

Eight of the ten men aboard were killed in the crash; the copilot and crew chief were the only survivors:

Aircrew, 525th MI Group:
CWO Stewart B. Goldberg, Baltimore, MD, pilot
WO T. F. Devereux, copilot (survived)
SGT R. Munkvold, crew chief (survived)
SP4 David M. Valdez, Los Angeles, CA, gunner, 2nd MI Bn (Prov), 525th MI Grp

CPT Elvernon Peele, Williamston, NC, 525th MI Grp
CPT Arthur T. Pfefer, St Paul, MN, 525th MI Grp
CPT Vincent F. Sabatinelli, Southbridge, MA, FOB-4, CCN, MACV-SOG, 5th SF Grp
SFC Jay L. Everett, Latrobe, PA, Det E, 135th MI Grp
SGT Gerald E. Du Beau, Springfield, IL, Sig Det, 519th MI Bn, 525th MI Grp
SP4 Ronald K. Dycks, Cleveland, OH, 21st S&S CO, USA Spt Cmd Cam Ranh Bay

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