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Timothy Coleman Patterson
Sergeant, United States Army
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Timothy Coleman Patterson was born on October 28, 1944 and joined the Armed Forces while in Lumberton, North Carolina.

He served in the United States Army and in one year of service, he attained the rank of Sergeant.

On April 22, 1967, at the age of 22, Timothy Coleman Patterson perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09957
The Army purchased this helicopter 0666
Total flight hours at this point: 00000857
Date: 04/22/1967
Incident number: 670422011ACD Accident case number: 670422011 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 118 AHC
South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 6 . . Injured = 4 . . Passengers = 6
costing 228554
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. ) Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
Aircraft Commander, First Lieutenant  Paul Lewis Stimpson (KIA)
Warrant Officer One GENAW GF
Specialist 3rd BRIDWELL NG 
SP4 ADAMS JAMES RICHARD KIA

Passengers: 
E6 MANNARINFA, PAX, D; E3 MITCHELLIJ, PAX, C; SP4 PATTERSON TIMOTHY COLEMAN, AR, PX, KIA; CPL ENSSLIN OTTO ROBERT, AR, PX, KIA; PFC DOMINIAK HOWARD STANLEY, AR, PX, KIA; PFC BLACKWELDER KIT, AR, PX, KIA;

Accident Summary:

The engine failed due to fuel starvation. The aircraft reported 100 lbs. of fuel then the fuel pressure started fluctuating. The aircaft hit some tombstones in a cemetary and burned. 

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: SP4 Timothy Coleman Patterson (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/22/1967 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 22.5
Date of Birth: 10/28/1944
Home City: Lumberton, NC
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Major organization: 173rd Airborne Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 18E-071
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 65-09957
Service number: 14909470
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 11B20 = Infantryman
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 09/09/1966
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Unknown Province 
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 03/12/1995

PATTERSON, TIMOTHY COLEMA
SGT   US ARMY
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF BIRTH: 10/28/1944
DATE OF DEATH: 04/22/1967
DATE OF INTERMENT: 05/02/1967
BURIED AT: SECTION 52  SITE 1502
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY


TC Patterson PHOTO
Courtesy of the Patterson Family and the 173rd Airborne Association


Posted: 4 May 2002  Updated: 3 April 2004 Updated: 5 September 2004 Updated: 28 May 2006
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