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Steven Jay Popkin

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  3/31/38
Birth Place:  Springfield, MA
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Jewish
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
Father's Name:  Jacob Popkin
Mother's Name:  Gertrude (Smernoff) Popkin
Sibling Names:  Sheila (Popkin) Budnick; Darlene (Popkin) Schultz
Marital Status:  Married
Wife's Name:  Carolyn Meta (Petterson) Popkin
Offspring Names:  Aaron K. Popkin; Joshua D. Popkin; David L. 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 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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