Willis, Joseph Franklin, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1967 - 1969


First Lieutenant

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Scott Depot
Last Address
Westland, MI

Casualty Date
Mar 26, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens - Ashland, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W 055

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Aviator Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
Officer Candidate School (Armor) Fort Knox, KYPrimary Helicopter Center and School (Staff)7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry 1st Aviation Brigade
  1967-1967, 0006, Officer Candidate School (Armor) Fort Knox, KY
  1968-1968, Primary Helicopter Center and School (Staff)
  1969-1969, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry /A Troop
  1969-1969, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Name: 1LT Joseph F. Willis
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/26/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 25.9
Date of Birth: 04/18/1943
Home City: Westland, MI
Service: AR branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/7/17 CAV
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-520/68-36
Service: AR branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 28W-055
Short Summary: Shot down, crashed and burned with observer WO1 John M. Turner.
Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 66-17789
Service number: O5248078
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
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: 01/28/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 02
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Presbyterian

Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 66-17789
The Army purchased this helicopter 0568
Total flight hours at this point: 00000554
Date: 03/26/1969
Incident number: 69032666.KIA
Unit: A/7/17 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YA337767
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 02 DOI . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Loss to Inventory

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