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Warren Kent Davis, Major, USAF (KIA)November 30, 1933 – July 19, 1969
Warren Kent Davis Sr was born on November 30, 1933. According to our records Virginia was his home or enlistment state and Botetourt County included within the archival record. We have Troutville listed as the city.
He had enlisted in the Air Force. Served during the Vietnam War. He had the rank of Major. Occupation or specialty was Helicopter Pilot. Service number was 225444441. Served with 7th Air Force, Detachment 12, 38th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron.
Davis experienced a traumatic event which resulted in loss of life on July 19, 1969. Recorded circumstances attributed to: “Died through non-hostile action, air crash”. Incident location: U-Tapao Air Base, Thailand, Darlac province.
Warren Kent Davis had graduated from Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington in 1951. He was later living in Troutville, Virginia.
He was killed at the U-Tapao Air Base in Thailand when the HH-43B rescue helicopter #59-1562 he was piloting crashed. They had been hit by shrapnel and flying debris from a burning B-52 that had blown up.
It had aborted its takeoff run and crashed with a full load of fuel and bombs. Their rescue helicopter had been looking for the tail gunner of the B-52 who was believed to be trapped in the aircraft when it exploded.
We identified 2 casualties in our archive that might be related to the #59-1562 incident on July 19, 1969.
◼ Harry Cohen:: Pararescue Recovery
◼Warren K Davis Sr :: Helicopter Pilot
Warren Kent Davis Sr is buried or memorialized at Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, Pierce County, Washington.
Warren is honored on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC. Name inscribed at VVM Wall, Panel 20w, Line 18.
★ Silver Star★ Air Medal★ United States Aviator Badge★ National Defense Service Medal★ Vietnam Campaign Medal★ Vietnam Service Medal★ Air Force Presidential Unit Citation★ Vietnam Gallantry Cross★ Air Force Good Conduct Medal
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