Stillions, Ronald Bruce, WO1

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Last Rank
Warrant Officer 1
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
100B-Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 214th Aviation Battalion
Service Years
1969 - 1970

Aviation

Warrant Officer 1


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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bloomington
Last Address
Bloomington

Casualty Date
Apr 21, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Bien Hoa
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Unit Assignments
214th Aviation Battalion
  1970-1970, 214th Aviation Battalion
 Colleges Attended 
Indiana University
  1966-1968, Indiana University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Last Name STILLIONS
Given Names RONALD BRUCE

Date of Birth 19480113 01/13/1948
Service A Army
Component V Reserve
Rank WO Warrant Officer
Grade and posthumous promotion W1
Service Occupation 100B Undefined Code
Actual Date of Casualty
Actual Date of Death 19700421 04/21/1970
Tour Date 700120 01/20/1970
Posthumous decoration
Casualty Type C2 Non-Hostile, Died of Illness/Injury
Reason B Air Loss, Crash - Land
Air no Air 4 Helicopter - Pilot
Body Recovered
Country VS South Vietnam
Province 25 Bien Hoa
Casualty Location

135th AHC/214th Avn Bn/164th Avn Grp, 1st Avn Bde

Major command, eg division or brigade 1st Avn Bde
Company/battery/troop or similar level unit 135th Aviation Co
Battalion or similar level unit 214th Avn Bn
Regiment, ROAD 164th Avn Grp

Home of Record City BLOOMINGTON
Home of Record State Code Indiana

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RONALD BRUCE STILLIONS
Army - WO - W1
Age: 22
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Jan 13, 1948
From: BLOOMINGTON, IN
Religion: PROTESTANT
Marital Status: Single
WO - W1 - Army - Reserve
1st AVN BDE

Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Jan 20, 1970
Casualty was on Apr 21, 1970
In BIEN HOA, SOUTH VIETNAM
Non-Hostile, died of illness/injury, HELICOPTER - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
   
Comments/Citation
  Ronald Stillions
Posted for: RONALD BRUCE STILLIONS:
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Posted by: Buddy Newlin
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Relationship: We served together
Wednesday, October 31, 2001

  Hoooah!
Posted for: RONALD BRUCE STILLIONS:
I'm SFC Fredrick Stillions with the 40th MP Company here at Fort Lewis Washington. Ron was my 2nd Cousin and we were the same age. We went to Bloomington High school together. Ron Played the base Fiddle and he had a great rock and role band that played at my High School Graduation (I transfered to Smithville H.S.) in 1966. I always looked up to Ron as a leader and a roll model. For those of you who knew him, you know what I mean. I was in the Marines when I heard of Rons death. It tore me up because he was such a good person. I transfered to the Army and while I'm doing my duty I think of Ron every day knowing he is next to me guiding me through this Army thing. Hoooah translation: Good to go,and Outstanding.
Posted by: Fredrick Stillions SFC, U.S. A
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Relationship: cousin
Tuesday, November 5, 2002
  I remember
Posted for: RONALD BRUCE STILLIONS:
I remember Ronnie. He was in my Orchastra Class at BHS. He was always the cool one! After high school, he dated one of my room mates, Terry, and his brother dated the other one, Ginger. I was the one who had to tell Terry that his helicopter had gone down (she had called in sick that day at work, and hadn't heard the news). I remember Ronnie as being extremely funny, bright and VERY charismatic. I see my younger brother posted a rememberance on this page. We lost our brother, Tom Read, in 1967 (was with 3/26 Marines, then transferred to 2/9 when he was killed). I miss you Ronnie. I miss you all.
Posted by: Valerie Heeschen
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Relationship: We were high school classmates
Monday, December 23, 2002

Helicopter UH-1H 68-16530


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16530
The Army purchased this helicopter 1269
Total flight hours at this point: 00000367
Date: 04/19/1970
Incident number: 700419151ACD Accident case number: 700419151 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 135 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Bear Cat in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
costing 310145
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. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P WO1
STILLIONS RONALD BRUCE KIA
IP O2 RM MUELLER


Accident Summary:

 AIRCRAFT 68-16530 DEPARTED THE 135TH RAMP AREA AT APPROXIMATELY 1335 19 APRIL 1970, WITH THE CREW LISTED ABOVE. THE MISSION WAS TRAINING IN THAT 1LT MUELLER WAS ADMINISTERING A 90 DAY STANDARDIZATION CHECK RIDE AND AC RIDE TO WO1 STILLIONS. THE FLIGHT PROGRESSED NORMALLY UNTIL AT APPROXIMATELY 1435 HOURS WHEN A HYDRAULICS OFF LANDING WAS TO BE PERFORMED. THE AREA FOR THE CHECK RIDE WAS THE FAC STRIP INSIDE THE BEARCAT COMPOUND (SEE MAP, TAB 10). ON FINAL APPROACH FOR THE STRIP AT APPROXIMATELY 100-200 FEET ALTITUDE AND 60 KNOTS, 1LT MUELLER INFORMED WO1 STILLIONS THAT HE WAS GOING TO CUT OFF THE HYDRAULICS. SHORTLY AFTER TURNING OFF THE HYDRALICS SWITCH AND RESETTING THE MASTER CAUTION THE RIGHT FUEL BOOST PUMP LIGHT CAME ON AT WHICH TIME THE IP RESET THE MASTER CAUTION, CHECKED THE CIRCUIT BREAKERS AND LOOKED BACK TO FIND THE ROTOR AT APPROXIMATELY 270 RPM. THE IP TOOK CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT AND BEFORE HE COULD ACCOMPLISH A DECELERATION MADE CONTACT (SEE PHOTO #1) WITH THE SMALL TREES AND THEN THE GROUND. THE AIRCRAFT HIT RELATIVELY LEVEL, BOUNCED AND THE LEFT FRONT SKID HUNG ON A TREE STUMP, (SEE PHOTO #2) CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT TO ROTATE 215 IN A COUNTER-CLOCKWISE DIRECTION BEFORE CONTACTING THE GROUND FOR THE SECOND AND FINAL TIME. THE AIRCRAFT BURST INTO FLAMES ON GROUND CONTACT HOWEVER THE IP, IN THE RIGHT SEAT WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE WITH MINOR BURNS AND INJURIES. THE PILOTS SEAT (LEFT SEAT) BROKE LOOSE FROM THE RAILS (SEE PHOTO #3 & 6) WHEN THE AIRCRAFT HIT THE SECOND TIME AND THE PILOT WAS THROWN REARWARD INTO THE FUEL. THERE IS SOME CONFUSION AS TO HOW OR WHO PULLED THE PILOT FROM THE WRECKAGE HOWEVER HE WAS OUT OF THE BURNING WRECKAGE BEFORE IT WAS ENTIRELY CONSUMED, BY FLAMES. HIS BURNS WERE EXTENSIVE AND RESULTED IN DEATH OF WO1 STILLIONS. THE IP AND P ALONG WITH ONE OF THE PASSERS-BY WERE EVACUATED TO THE 93RD EVACUATION HOSPITAL SHORTLY AFTER THE ACCIDENT BY AN AIRCRAFT THAT WAS IN THE VICINITY OF THE CRASH SITE. NO MAY DAY CALL WAS GIVEN BECAUSE OF THE SHORT TIME SPAN OF THE EMERGENCY AND ENSUEING CRASH.\\

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