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ARVID OSCAR SILVERBERG JR

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  August 1, 1946

Birth Place:  Milford, Massachusetts

Race:  Caucasian

Religion:  Protestant - No Preference

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

Fatherís Name:  Arvid Oscar Silverberg Sr.

Motherís Name:    Mildred (unknown) Silverberg

Sibling Names:   

Robert K. Silverberg; Elsa (Silverberg) Bates; Alison (Silverberg) Messina; Heidi (Silverberg) Jeldres; Robin (Silverberg) Dawson

Marital Status:  Single

Wifeís Name:

Offspring Names:

Education:

Schools Attended:

High School Diploma:

College:  University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

Major:  Mechanical Engineering

Degree:  35 semester hours completed as of 1967  

Selective Service Data:

SSS Local Board Number:

SSS Local Board Location:

SSS Registration Date:

SSS Registrant Description:

Military Service Record:

Entry Date:  March 10, 1967

Entry Mode:  Enlistment

Entry Location:  Springfield, Massachusetts

Home of Record:  West Brookfield, Massachusetts

Service Branch:  Army                                 

Service Component:  Reserve                      

Rank:  Warrant Officer

Rank Abbrev:  WO   

Pay Grade:  W1        

MOS:  062B              

MOS Title:  Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor

Duty MOS:  Evac Pilot

MOS Background:

Awards Received:  

Distinguished Flying Cross (awarded posthumously); Purple Heart Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; Vietnam Service Medal  

Badges Earned:  Expert Rifle Badge; Expert Pistol Badge

Posthumous Promotion: 

Length of Service:

Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced: June 4, 1968

Major Command:  U.S. Army, Vietnam        

Land Assignment:

Regiment: 

Battalion:            

Company:  283rd Medical Detachment

Casualty Data:

Casualty Date:  January 23, 1969

Casualty Time:

Casualty Age:  22

Casualty Data 1: Hostile, Died                      

Casualty Data 2:  Air Loss, Crash on Land    

Casualty Data 3:  Helicopter - Crew              

Casualty Province:  Pleiku

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam 

Casualty Coordinates:  YA 940 681

Located In Or Near:

Casualty Vehicle:  UH-1H Iroquois serial number 66-16217

Aircraft Incident Data:  click here for Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association report

Body Recovered:  Yes 

Burial/Memorial:

Burial Location:

Burial Plot Location:

Burial Date:

Consigned Funeral Home:

Military Escort Name:

West Brookfieldís Fallen Casualty Order:  2nd

Vietnam Veterans Memorial:

Panel Number:  34W

Line Number:  68


Helicopter UH-1H 66-16217

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16217
The Army purchased this helicopter 0367
Total flight hours at this point: 00000485
Date: 01/23/69 MIA-POW file reference number: 1365
Incident number: 69012310.KIA
Unit: 283 MED DET
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
While in PickUp Zone this helicopter was at Hover at 0050 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YA940681
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges.
causing a Blast.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 07 DOI, 01 INJ . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Burned
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: 1365, LNNF, CASRP, JSIDR (Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory
Crew: HENDERSON, WILLIAM R; LUSTER RL MOORMAN FD

Crew Members:
CE PFC SLOPPYE ROBERT ROYCE KIA
MD SFC HENDERSON WILLIAM ROY RR
P WO1 DAVIS SYLVESTER KIA
AC WO1 SILVERBERG ARVID OSCAR JR KIA

Passengers:
SP4 SMITH EDWARD JR, AR, PX, KIA;

REFNO Synopsis:
HENDERSON, WILLIAM ROY Remains Returned 27 January 1969, ID'd 23 February 1976 Name: William Roy Henderson Rank/Branch: E5/US Army Unit: Date of Birth: 18 February 1943 Home City of Record: Cincinnati OH Date of Loss: 23 January 1969 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 141911N 1074330E (YA940681) Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 3 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H Other Personnel in Incident: Robert L. Luster, Frank D. Moorman (both missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project (919/527-8079) 01 April 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Copyright 1991 Homecoming II Project. REMARKS: REMS REC 690127, IDD 760223 SYNOPSIS: MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observation Group) was a joint-service unconventional warfare task force engaged in highly classified operations throughout Southeast Asia. The 5th Special Forces channeled personnel into MACV-SOG (although it was not a Special Forces group) through Special Operations Augmentation (SOA), which provided their "cover" while under secret orders to MACV-SOG. The teams performed deep penetration missions of strategic reconnaissance and interdiction into Laos and Cambodia which were called, depending on the time frame, "Shining Brass" or "Prairie Fire" missions. On December 19, 1968, PFC Robert F. Scherdin was the assistant team leader of a MACV-SOG reconnaissance patrol in Rotanokiri Province, Cambodia, near the border of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. The team leader, suspecting enemy activity, had taken four members of the team to check out the area. The rear element, with Scherdin in charge, came under heavy automatic weapon fire as they were moving up to the leader's position. Montagnard soldier Nguang in this element, saw Scherdin fall on his right side and tried to help him stand up, but Scherdin only groaned and would not get up. Nguang was then wounded himself and realized that he had been left by the other three Vietnamese of the rear element, whereupon he left Scherdin and joined the rest of the unit. The team leader and his element were extracted a short time later, then the rear element was extracted, except for Scherdin. The team leader had been informed that Scherdin had been wounded and because of the tactical situation, had to be left behind. Scherdin was not seen again. On December 30, a platoon was inserted into the area to search for Scherdin, but had to be extracted because of heavy enemy activity. In January, 1969, the rear element of the original team was also reinserted and remained four days. They died in a helicopter crash shortly after their extraction. They had not been questioned by the investigation board, and it is not known if they located information concerning Scherdin. There are only three Americans missing who are associated with the loss of a helicopter in January 1969. Lost January 23, 1969, in the general vicinity of the Scherdin loss, they are SGT. William R. Henderson, SP4 Frank D. Moorman and PFC Robert L. Luster. These three were lost in the Tri-border area in South Vietnam. Their remains were recovered on January 27, 1969 and positive identifications confirmed February 23, 1976. According to Luster's wife, the remains were subsequently buried in a mass grave. She does not accept the identification of her husband. Further, Mrs. Luster states that one of the team "walked off the plane in 1973" (was a released POW). According to all available public records, only Luster, Moorman and Henderson were classified missing from this incident, and no released POW went missing that day. It is believed that these three may have comprised the flight crew of the helicopter extracting the Special Forces search party. [As the remainder of the rear element was probably completely indigenous, U.S. records would not contain reference to them. The individual released may have been an indigenous.]

This record was last updated on 05/25/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:



Name: WO1 Sylvester Davis
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/23/69 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 28.7
Date of Birth: 05/30/40
Home City: Akron, OH
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 283 MED DET
Major organization: other
Flight class: 68-7
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-064
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16217
Service number: W3160866
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 08/23/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 08
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YA940681
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Negro
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/95


Name: SFC William Roy Henderson
Status: Remains were returned on 01/27/69 from an incident on 01/23/69 while performing the duty of Medic crew member.
Declared dead on 03/10/76.
Age at death: 25.9
Date of Birth: 02/18/43
Home City: Cincinnati, OH
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 283 MED DET
Major organization: USARV
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-065
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16217
Call sign: Dustoff
SSN: 297382981
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 91B2F = Medical NCO
Primary cause: Remains 1/27/69
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: stroke
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: unknown or not reported
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 12/02/68
"Official" listing: ground casualty
The initial status of this person was: missing in action - bonified
Length of service: *
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YA940681
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/30/95


Name: SSG Robert Lee Luster
Status: Remains were returned on 01/27/69 from an incident on 01/23/69 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Declared dead on 04/08/76.
Age at death: 19.1
Date of Birth: 12/30/49
Home City: Tiffin, OH
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 4 INF
Major organization: 4th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-065
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16217
SSN: 270467776
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 11B40 = Infantryman
Primary cause: Remains 1/69
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 12/02/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
The initial status of this person was: missing in action - bonified
Length of service: *
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YA940681
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/30/95


Name: SSG Frank David Moorman
Status: Remains were returned on 01/27/69 from an incident on 01/23/69 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Declared dead on 04/08/76.
Age at death: 20.4
Date of Birth: 09/08/48
Home City: Clifton, NJ
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 4 INF
Major organization: 4th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-066
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16217
SSN: 143380756
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 11B40 = Infantryman
Primary cause: Remains 1/27/69
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: unknown or not reported
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 12/02/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
The initial status of this person was: missing in action - bonified
Length of service: *
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YA940681
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Episcopal (Anglican)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/30/95


Name: WO1 Arvid Oscar Silverberg, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/23/69 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.5
Date of Birth: 08/01/46
Home City: West Brookfield, MA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 283 MED DET
Major organization: other
Flight class: 68-1/67-25
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-068
Short Summary: Hit by B-40 rocket while performing MEDEVAC hoist mission out of Pleiku, RVN.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16217
Call sign: Medevac
Service number: W3160106
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: B-40 at hover
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 06/04/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YA940681
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/95


Name: PFC Robert Royce Sloppye
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/23/69 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 20.9
Date of Birth: 03/15/48
Home City: Sacramento, CA
Service: component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 283 MED DET
Major organization: other
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-068
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16217
Call sign: Dustoff
Service number: 56840391
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 12/10/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YA940681
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/30/95


Name: SP4 Edward Smith, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/23/69 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Date of Birth: 01/03/43
Home City: Steele, MO
Service: component of the U.S. Army.
Major organization: 4th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-068
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16217
Service number: 67105797
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 11B20 = Infantryman
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 04/25/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YA940681
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Negro
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/31/96

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16217
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0367.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6703   0    0 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN   6TH ARMY   SHARPE GD        AVCOM
6704   1    1 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN   6TH ARMY   SHARPE GD        AVCOM
6705   0    1 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN   6TH ARMY   SHARPE GD        AVCOM
6706   5    6 WC4YAA 170 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6707   6   12 3364   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6708   0   12 3364   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6709   0   12 3364   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6710   0   12 3364   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6711   0   12 3364   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6712   5   17 3364   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6801  51   68 3364   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6802  58  126 3364   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6803  54  180 3364   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6804  39  219 3364   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6805  39  258 3364   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6806  30  288 3364   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6807  40  328 3364   OPM SEA NITEOPS  1ST ARMY   FORT BELVOIR     AMC
6808  41  369 3364   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6809  23  392 WBSZAA 283 MED DET HA   VIETNAM                     RVN
6810  32  424 WBSZAA 283 MED DET HA   VIETNAM                     RVN
6811  61  485 WBSZAA 283 MED DET HA   VIETNAM                     RVN
6812   0  485 WBSZAA 283 MED DET HA   VIETNAM                     RVN


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