Pursel, Thomas Ronald, WO1

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Last Rank
Warrant Officer 1
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
062B-Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
Service Years
1966 - 1968

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Warrant Officer 1

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Yakima, Washington

Casualty Date
May 19, 1968
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
West Hills Memorial Park - Yakima, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
63E 016

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 Unit Assignments
15th Medical Battalion1st Cavalry Division
  1967-1967, 0006, Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS)
  1968-1968, HQ and A Company, 15th Medical Battalion
  1968-1968, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


Name: WO1 Thomas Ronald Pursel
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/19/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 19.7
Date of Birth: 09/17/1948
Home City: Yakima, WA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: HHC 15 MED 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 67-21/67-19
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 63E-016
Short Summary: Flying ac MEDEVAC E of Evans after 3 wks in Ashau rotated to "easy" mission. One round from sniper at 300 yds through the head. memo
Call sign: Medecav
Service number: W3158916
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Sniper
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 01/18/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 63E 016
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