Hamilton, Dick Dale


Rank: Sergeant First Class

Unit: 398th Transportation Detachment, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 67W – Aircraft Quality Control Supervisor

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: AH-1G, Tail # 67-15596, Crew Member

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 28-Nov-1934

Hometown: Vincennes, Indiana

Marital status: Married to Esther M. Hamilton, one son, two daughters

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 27-Mar-1966

Start of tour: 8-Jan-1968

Incident date: 21-Aug-1968

Date of casualty: 21-Aug-1968

Age at death: 33

Cause of death: Non-Hostile – Died While Missing. Helicopter Crash — Passenger (MC). Aircraft loss, crash not at sea.
Dick Dale Hamilton died from injuries received while technical inspector on military aircraft departing Vung Tau when aircraft crashed for unknown reasons. (Individual transported to 7th Surgical Hospital, Blackhorse base camp, Long Giao, where he expired.)

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
WO Douglas Woodrow Collins
SFC Dick Dale Hamilton

Location of fatality: Phuoc Tuy, South Vietnam, YS 675 735

Place of interment: Memorial Park Cemetery, Vincennes, Indiana, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 47W 018 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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