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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

SP4 E/4

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.

CAU

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
CO B, 9TH SPT BN, AMERICAL DIVISION, APO SAN FRANCISCO  96374

BATTLE CASUALTY

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

Date: 03/06/68

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.

Burned

Crew Members:

P WO1 KENTON DONALD E KIA
OB SP4 KOZACH JOHN ALBERT KIA
OB SP4 ENGEBRETSON GARY LYNN KIA

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