OREGON and the VIETNAM WAR
Extracted information from the POWNetwork) On 8 July 1966, LCpl Ronald Lee Longanecker, 18, entered the stats as the first Marine to be killed in action from hostile causes in Quang Tri Province and the first Marine to be listed as KIA/BNR. It started simple enough 2 H46's were to insert a recon team southwest of Cam Lo. After insertion the team came under heavy fire and were successfully extracted and sent back to base. Two hours later they were ordered to try again... Same idea but two miles southeast of the previous attempt and at a higher elevation. The first chopper attempted a landing and was hit by heavy fire. The pilot aborted the insertion and miraculously made it out. That chopper tried to warn the second chopper, put it had already been hit by devastating ground fire and was losing power. The pilot manage to fly a short distance before bouncing down and rolling over. A fire started immediately and the crew and marines scrambled out. The first chopper had followed the second one in and landed close by. Men from that helicopter quickly secured a perimeter and the crashed Reconners ran for the safety of the chopper. Two men ran to the burning helicopter which was lying in heavy brush. One of the men reported that he saw Longanecker sitting inside the chopper on his back inside the helicopter obviously dead. The fire was spreading and the remaining men ran for it. They were about 50 meters away when the chopper blew ... all this the above information is from "Never without Heroes" written by Lawrence C. Vetter Jr. George Neville created a webpage Longanecker ... More information about this incident is available at PowNetWork.Org and Longanecker
MIA information from pownetwork.org on 14 Jul 1966, Capt. Robert G. Nopp, flew out of Hu Bai Airbase at Hue in an OV1C aircraft on a classified surveillance mission over Laos. He and his observer would use infrared detection equipment and a forward-aimed camera to detect enemy movement. More information available at Pownetwork.org
GI From Lorane Killed in Vietnam A 1965 of Crow High School has been killed while on patrol in Vietnam. Pfc. Lawrence H. Wilson, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Wilson of Lorane, was killed Tuesday while patrolling with Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He had been in Vietnam four months when killed, his father said. Wilson was the sixth Emerald Empire serviceman killed in Vietnam fighting. Survivors include his parents, a brother Carl, 15, and a sister, Margaret, 17. Funeral services are pending at Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene. (Eugene Register Guard, Eugene OR, July 1966)
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On 29 July, Maj. Galileo F. Bossio, aircraft commander; then Capt. Robert E. Hoskinson, pilot; Capt. Bernard Conklin, co-pilot; 1st Lt. Vincent A. Chiarello, intelligence officer; 1st Lt. Robert J. DiTommaso, intelligence officer; SSgt. James S. Hall, radar operator; TSgt. John M. Mamiya, crew chief; and TSgt. Herbert E. Smith, crew chief; comprised the crew of an unarmed RC47D Airborne Command and Control aircraft on a classified operational mission under the code name Project Dogpatch. Their call sign was also "Dogpatch." Further, this was no ordinary crew. Its members were extremely well trained and experienced in their respective fields, and were brought together from different units for this mission.
MIA information from pownetwork.org Robert E. Hoskinson was the pilot of a RC47D aircraft which departed Udorn Airfield in Thailand in route to Sam Neua, Laos. The RC47D is an unarmed aircraft and was unable to defend itself when attacked by enemy fighters. The families were told the plane went down in North Vietnam with all lost... however later reports show the plane went down in Laos and one or more parachutes were seen. In 1988 remains of five of the eight crew members were returned. No American held in Laos was ever returned. More information available at Pownetwork.org
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