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Carleton Preer, Jr.
Brigadier General, United States Army
From a contemporary press report:

Carleton Preer, Jr., Brigadier General, United States Army (retired) died on Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at Brentwood, Tennessee.

He was the loving husband of the late Virginia Preer; devoted father to John C. Preer, Valinda P. Turner and Carl E. Preer; grandfather of Lauren E. Preer, Heather Preer and Christie P. Mitchum; brother of John F. Preer and Sara P. Edmunds.

Funeral services will be held at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel on Wednesday, February 6, at 9 .m. Interment with Full Military Honors, Arlington National Cemetery.


UH-1H 67-17256

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 67-17256
The Army purchased this helicopter 0268
Total flight hours at this point: 00000786
Date: 10/10/68
Accident case number: 681010142
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17256 The Army purchased this helicopter 0268 Total flight hours at this point: 00001866
  Date: 08/12/69  Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK  for Tear Gas Drop

While On Target this helicopter was Attacking at 1000 feet and 080 knots. South Vietnam Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (12.7MM) The helicopter was hit in the Left Side.   Systems damaged were: UNK The helicopter Continued Flight.  The aircraft was diverted or delayed after completing some mission objectives. Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 00148 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report.)

Pilots Account:

On aircraft 67-17256 on Sept. 17, 1968 while over a convoy under attack southeast of Tay Ninh, we took heavy .51 Caliber armor piercing fire. The day before I traded seats with WO1 Brian Johnson to check him out as A.C. since I only had 13 days left. Brian took a .51 Cal. round through his left leg, off his chicken board and off the left side of his face. He was knocked unconscious and fell forward on the cyclic. Going nose down I was giving a mayday and the Generals Aide Bill Bates was giving a mayday on Division F.M. freq. and I told him to get Brian off the controls. He did just before we hit the trees and I was able to recover. I get together with Bill Bates and in the past with General Preer and I thought we were about 50 off the trees. The General and Bill said we were in the trees. We landed at the hospital in Tay Ninh and Brian had lost 5 pints of blood before he was operated on.
Carl Muckle
Little Bear 256



Carleton Preer, Jr. PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of the United States Army
General Preer as a Colonel, Commanding the 2nd Armored
Cavalry Regiment (2 July 1963 - 1 August 1964)
PREER, CARLETON JR

BG   US ARMY
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
DATE OF BIRTH: 03/27/1917
DATE OF DEATH: 01/16/2002
BURIED AT: SECTION 70  SITE 370
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
 
PREER, VIRGINIA PRICE
DATE OF BIRTH: 02/23/1919
DATE OF DEATH: 04/07/1994
BURIED AT: SECTION 70  SITE 370 
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
  WIFE OF PREER, CARLETON JR BG US ARMY

Posted: 3 February 2002 Updated: 3 July 2007