Chain of Command Helicopter Tragedy

Helicopter incident 68-16342
Date: 05/12/70
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Incident number: 70051212.KIA
Unit: 937 ENG
UTM grid coordinates: ZA097458
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated:
Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database.
Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: BG Carroll Edward Adams, Jr. (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/12/70 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 46.9
Date of Birth: 06/07/23
Home City: Pawtucket, RI
Date: 05/12/70
Service: UU branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 18 ENG BDE
The Wall location: 10W-021
Short Summary: Shot down with .51 cal 10 miles southeast of Pleiku while Adams was giving an aerial tour to MG John A. Dillard.
MOS: 1331 = 13 Combat Engineer Unit Commander
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: mines
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 01/29/70
“Official” listing: helicopter air casualty – other aircrew
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Casualty type: Hostile – killed
Married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)

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Name: CW3 Glenn Arthur Adams
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/12/70 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 34.3
Date of Birth: 02/03/36
Home City: Indianola, IA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 937 ENG, 18 BDE
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-021
Short Summary: Died from exposure.
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Exposure
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 11/18/69
“Official” listing: helicopter air casualty – other aircrew
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile – killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist – other groups

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Name: CPT William Douglas Booth
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/12/70 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Date of Birth: 11/13/41
Home City: Ivyland, PA
Service: EN branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 18 ENG BDE
Major organization: Engineering Command
Service: EN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-022
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 2030 = 20 Aide-De-Camp
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 01/04/70
“Official” listing: helicopter air casualty – non-aircrew
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile – killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Episcopal (Anglican)

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Name: LTC Fred Vincent Cole
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/12/70 while performing the duty
of Passenger.
Date of Birth: 04/18/31
Home City: Ft Belvoir, VA
Service: EN branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 18 ENG BDE
Major organization: other
Service: EN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-023
MOS: 1331 = 13 Combat Engineer Unit Commander
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 07/28/69
“Official” listing: helicopter air casualty – non-aircrew
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile – killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Reformed

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Name: MG John Albert Dillard, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/12/70 while performing the duty
of Passenger.
Date of Birth: 09/01/19
Home City: Lake Charles, LA
Service: GO branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 18 ENG BDE
Major organization: Engineering Command
Service: GO branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-023
MOS: 0002 = – General Officer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 11/27/69
“Official” listing: helicopter air casualty – non-aircrew
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD360158
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile – killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant – no denominational preference

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Name: CPT Raymond Robert Dulak, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/12/70 while performing the duty
of Pilot.
Age at death: 26.4
Date of Birth: 12/25/43
Home City: Corpus Christi, TX
Service: EN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 937 ENG, 18 BDE
Major organization: other
Flight class: 68-24
Service: EN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-023
Short Summary: Flying thru pass – rumors are that he took a bullet in the head.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16342
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 2118
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: 03/21/69
“Official” listing: helicopter air casualty – pilot
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile – killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic

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Name: SGM Griffith Alfred Jones
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/12/70 while performing the duty
of Passenger.
Date of Birth: 01/24/25
Home City: Marysville, CA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 18 ENG BDE
Major organization: Engineering Command
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-025
MOS: 00Z50 = Command Sergeant Major
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 08/21/69
“Official” listing: helicopter air casualty – non-aircrew
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile – killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)

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Name: SP4 James Hilton Rawson
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/12/70 while performing the duty
of Gunner.
Age at death: 19.0
Date of Birth: 05/01/51
Home City: Daleville, MS
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 937 ENG, 18 BDE
Major organization: other
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-028
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 03/30/70
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile – killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist – other groups

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Name: SP5 Steven Ray Renner
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/12/70 while performing the duty
of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 21.2
Date of Birth: 03/01/49
Home City: Wheatland, IN
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: HHC 937 ENG, 18 BDE
Major organization: other
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-028
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 04/14/68
“Official” listing: helicopter air casualty – other aircrew
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile – killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)

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Name: 1LT Kenneth Faulkner Rogers
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/12/70 while performing the duty
of Passenger.
Date of Birth: 10/21/46
Home City: Cincinnati, OH
Service: EN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 18 ENG BDE
Major organization: other
Service: EN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-028
MOS: 1331 = 13 Combat Engineer Unit Commander
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 09/17/69
“Official” listing: helicopter air casualty – non-aircrew
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile – killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)

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