THE SPRINGFIELD 50 PROJECT
Steven Jay Popkin
School Attended: Sumner Avenue School, Springfield, MA School Start Date: 9/9/42 School Attended: Forest Park Junior High School, Springfield, MA School Start Date: 9/7/49 School Attended: Wilbraham Academy, Wilbraham, MA School Start Date: 9/3/52 High School Diploma: Yes Diploma Year: 1956
Selective Service Data: SSS Local Board Number: 82 SSS Local Board Location: Springfield, MA SSS Registration Date: 4/3/56 SSS Registrant Description: 5' 8.5"/155 pounds/brown hair/brown eyes Military Service Record: Entry Date: 6/15/60 Entry Mode: Commission Entry Location: Philadelphia, PA Home Of Record: Springfield, MA Military Branch: Army Military Component: Reserve Rank: Captain Rank Abbrev: CPT Pay Grade: O3 MOS: 1980 MOS Title: Fixed Wing Aviation Unit Commander MOS Background: The title commander doesn't mean that CPT Popkin was in fact the unit commander, but that he was an officer qualified for a leadership position in that type of unit and could be a commander. Awards Received: Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal; Air Medal with 9th Oak Leaf Cluster and "V" device; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; National Order 5th Class Republic of Vietnam Badges Earned: Army Aviator Badge; Expert Infantryman Badge Length Of Service: 6 years
Southeast Asia Tour Data: Date Tour Commenced: 4/29/67 Major Command: 1st Aviation Brigade Sub Command 1: 164th Aviation Group Sub Command 2: 307 Aviation Battalion (Combat) Sub Command 3: 244th Surveillance Airplane Company Base Location: Can Tho Airfield, South Vietnam Vehicle/Equipment Type: OV-1C Mohawk Vehicle/Equipment S/N: 61-2709 Army Campaign Number: 4th Army Campaign Name: Counteroffensive, Phase II
Casualty Data: Casualty Date: 2/28/68 Casualty Time: 1520 Co-Casualties: KIA: CPT Joseph C. Doyle, Aerial Observer, MACV Advisory Team 96 Casualty Age: 29 Casualty Data 1: Hostile Casualty Data 2: Fixed Wing Pilot Casualty Data 3: Air Loss-Crash On Land Casualty Province: Kien Tuong Province Casualty Country: South Vietnam Casualty Grid Coordinates: XS 280 776 Located In Or Near: Thuy Dong Body: Recovered
Burial/Memorial: Burial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville TN Burial Plot Location: Section C, Grave Number 6870B Burial Date: 3/11/68
Consigned Funeral Home: Stetzers Funeral Home, Morristown, TN Escort Name: CPT Ronald L. Vaughn, USA Springfield 50 Casualty Order: 18th Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number: 41E Line Number: 71
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