THE SPRINGFIELD 50 PROJECT
The following is an excerpt of a message sent by the Commanding General, United States Army, Republic of Vietnam (USARV), on March 8, 1968.
KOZACH, JOHN A.
RA 11 469 757, REPEAT, RA 11 469 757
6 MAR 68 AT 1900 HRS, REPEAT, 6 MAR 68 AT 1900 HRS.
INDIV LAST SEEN AS OBSERVER ON OH6A ACFT ON VISUAL RECON VIC COORD: BS 508 889 QUANG NGAI (05) I CTZ RVN, WHEN ACFT CRASHED AND BURNED. UNK IF STATUS IS THE RESULT OF HOSTILE ACTION. SEARCH IN PROGRESS.
B CO, 9TH SPT BN, AMERICAL DIV APO SF 96374
DMOS: 3B20 AWDS: NDSM, VSM, VCM, SPSQKAM14, SPS-M-16
The following is an excerpt from a DD Form 1300 dated March 21, 1968.
KOZACH, JOHN A., RA 11 469 757, SP4 E-4, RA
DIED 6 MARCH 1968 IN VIETNAM FROM GUNSHOT WOUND RECEIVED WHILE OBSERVER ABOARD MILITARY AIRCRAFT WHEN AIRCRAFT WAS HIT BY HOSTILE GROUND FIRE.
COMMENCED TOUR IN VIETNAM
6 OCTOBER 1967
The following is an excerpt of a report provided by the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.
Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-23-G tail number 63-12874
This was a combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
UTM grid coordinates: BS 512 890
Helicopter took 2 hits from: Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges causing fragmentation damage.
Casualties = 01 DOI, 02 KIA ..
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight were terminated.
P WO1 KENTON DONALD E KIA
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