Pierce, Robert Livingston, 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
1969-1970, 100B, 189th Aviation Company, 52nd Aviation Battalion
Service Years
1968 - 1970

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Warrant Officer 1

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
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Casualty Date
Apr 25, 1970
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Sunset Memorial Park - Albuquerque, New Mexico
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11W 052

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  1969, 6th Warrant Officer Company-Class 69-13 (Fort Wolters, TX), A/1
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Aviation Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Course1st Aviation Brigade52nd Aviation Battalion189th Aviation Company, 52nd Aviation Battalion
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Last Known Activity

Tour Date  07/01/1969

Status: Killed In Action..........while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Unit: 189 AHC, 3 PLT GUNS
Flight class: 69-13
Short Summary: Shot down south of Dak Seang. Pilot was William R. McKibben.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15158
Call sign: Avengers
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Compliment cause: vehicular accident

This record was last updated on 08/10/1992

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15158
Incident number: 70042555.KIA
UTM grid coordinates: YB887433
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated:
Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:

War Story:
My friend, Norman Dale Adkins, PFC, was a door gunner on Avenger 158, UH-1C tail number 66-15158. He had only been in country for a month when on April 25, 1970, he and the rest of the aircraft's crew were shot down near Dak Seang. Norm was listed as MIA until his body was recovered in July or August 1970. According to General Orders Number 7389 dated July 21, 1970, Norm was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously). The DFC citation states in part, "... His ship received heavy automatic weapons fire during its first two gun runs, but he was able to supress it with deadly minigun and rocket fire..." From: Thom Cerny

This record was last updated on 01/18/2011


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Body Recovered
Age: 22
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Marital Status: Single

Robert Hartman
4127 Riverside Dr. N. E.
Cedar Rapids, Ia 52411 U.S.
Salute to Bob.
Bob and I attended flight school together in Ft. Wolters, Tx. in 1969. I can vividly remember him in front of one of our classes joking around and getting all to laugh. He was well liked and had a wonderful sense of humor. We were assigned to different units in Viet Nam but all of us who went to Viet Nam together had a network that we able to keep track of each other. I was so saddened when I learned of your crash and ultimate sacrifice while in Viet Nam. Years later I visited your place of Honour on the Viet Nam memorial in Washington and remembered you in thought and prayer. I Salute you Bob as a fellow friend and soldier. I'm privileged to have know you and to serve with you. I will never forget you .
Bob Hartman Thunderbird 23
118th Assault Helicopter Company
Viet Nam June 1969-June1970
Saturday, November 05, 2005

Jimmy Benka
served with him
8 Jori Lane
Sandia Park, NM 87047 USA
I served with Bob Pierve in the Avenger Gun Platoon. We called him "Turkey." He was a bright and happy person. alway had a smile for everyone and brought laughter to our unit. He was a proud American. I am proud to have served with him in Vietnam.
Jimmy Benka Avenger 552 the 'Crystalship'
Friday, November 19, 2004
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