Nihill, Russell Edwin, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1965 - 1968
Sergeant

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Home State
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Warwick
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut AB

Casualty Date
Oct 21, 1968
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Darlac (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
40W 013, Cemetery Unknown

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 Unit Assignments
377th Combat Support Group - Quick Turners7th Air Force
  1968-1968, 377th Combat Support Group - Quick Turners
  1968-1968, 7th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
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C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
  1968-1968, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Date:  Oct 21, 1968
Aircraft:  AC-47
Tail number:  45-0934
Location:  30 miles south of Ban Me Thuot in Darlac Province, South Vietnam. The aircraft, which belonged to the 460th Tac Recon Wing at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, was enroute Hong Kong via Danang, carrying a load of R&R personnel. While enroute the pilot declared an emergency, stating that the port engine had failed and that the propeller would not feather. He requested and received vectors for an emergency landing at Ban Me Thout, but instead hit a mountainside at the 2300 foot level.
Number of people onboard:  21 servicemen and 2 civilians  (Seventeen men assigned to Det 1, 460th TRW.)

It is believed that these are the names of the 21 men onboard:

1.  William Parker Bowman
2.  Arthur Logan Brewer  (Non-Crew)
3.  Donald William Bruck
4.  Gerald Eugene Burgener
5.  Basil Lincoln Ciriello
6.  RAY EDWIN CODDING  (Non-Crew)
7.  EUGENE WILLIAM HENDRICKS
8.  KARL ELTON KELLEY JR.,  (Non-Crew)
9.  BERNARD FRANCIS KISSELL JR.,  (Non-Crew)
10.  BRUCE MICHAEL MILEY  (Non-Crew)
11.  BILLY RAY MORRIS
12.  RUSSELL EDWIN NIHILL  (Non-Crew)
13.  ALDEN WALTON O BRIEN  (Non-Crew)
14.  RUBEN EVERARDO REYES  (Non-Crew)
15.  ROBERT BROOKS RICHARDSON
16.  COUNCIL LEE ROYAL
17.  KLAUS DIETER R RUHLAND  (Non-Crew)
18.  GAYLAND OMER SCOTT
19.  JOHN DERRAL THOMAS
20.  HOWARD ELMER VAN VLIET  (Pilot)
21.  GERALD DEAN ZIEHE
   
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