Fellowswhip adopted the following MIA
the end of the Vietnam War,nearly 10,000 reports have been received
by the U.S. government relating to missing Americans who are still
alive in Southeast Asia, convincing many authorities that hundreds
are still languishing in communist prisons. They deserve no less
than America's very best efforts to determine their fates. If
any of them are alive, they must be brought home.
Adopted MIA: Jose Jesus
Gonzales Rank/Branch: E3/US Marine Corps Unit:
Marine Air Group 16 Date of Birth: 26
June 1944 Home City of Record: El
Paso TX - Date of Loss: 11
June 1967 - Country of Loss: South
Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 165454N 1065530E (YD048689) Status
(in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Personnel In Incident: Dennis R. Christie, Charles
D. Chomel; John J. Foley; Curtis R. Bohlscheid; Thomas M. Hanratty;
Michael W. Havranek; James W. Kooi, Jim E. Moshier; John S. Oldham;
James E. Widener ( all missing )
Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 June 1990 from one
or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency
sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources,
Remarks: A/C CRASH-EXPLODED-NO
On 11 June 1967, 1LT Curtis Bohlscheid was the pilot of a CH46A
helicopter inserting a seven-man Marine Force Recon team into
a predesignated area 11 1/2 nautical miles northwest of Dong Ha,
South Vietnam -- right on the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). A total
of four aircraft were involved in the mission, two CH46's and
two UH1E helicopter gunships. Bohlscheid flew the lead aircraft.
His crew included MAJ John S. Oldham, LCPL
Jose J. Gonzales (crew chief), and PFC Thomas M. Hanratty (crew
Mission on 11 June 1967: To Insert Members of the 3rd
Recon Company, 3rd Recon Battalion, 3rd Marine Division
of the 3rd Recon Company, 3rd Recon Battalion, 3rd Marine Division
who were being inserted were CPL Jim E. Moshier, LCPL Dennis R.
Christie, LCPL John J. Foley III, LCPL Michael W. Havranek, LCPL
James W. Kooi, PFC Charles D. Chomel, and PFC James E. Widener.
flight departed Dong Ha at about 11:15 a.m. and proceeded to the
insertion location. The gunships made low strafing runs over the
landing zone to clear booby traps and to locate any enemy troops
in the area. No enemy fire was received and no activity was observed.
The lead aircraft then began its approach to the landing zone.
At an estimated altitude of 400-600 feet, the helicopter was observed
to climb erratically, similar to an aircraft commencing a loop.
had been waiting for the opportune time to fire on the aircraft.
Portions of the rear blades were seen to separate from the aircraft
and a radio transmission was received from the aircraft indicating
that it had been hit. The helicopter became inverted and continued
out of control until it was seen to crash by a stream in a steep
efforts by ground units to reach the crash area failed due to
a heavy bunker complex surrounding the site. The ground units
inspected the site from within 500 meters through binoculars and
observed no survivors. All eleven personnel aboard the helicopter
were therefore classified Killed In Action, Body Not Recovered.
Other USMC records indicate that the helicopter also burst into
flames just prior to impacting the ground.
hundreds of others, however, simple answers are not possible.
Adding to the torment of nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans
missing in Southeast Asia is the certain knowledge that some Americans
who were known to be prisoners of war were not released at the
end of the war. Others were suspected to be prisoners, and still
others were in radio contact with would-be rescuers when last
were known to have survived their loss incidents, only to disappear
without a trace. The problem of Americans still missing torments
not only the families of those who are missing, but the men who
fought by their sides, and those in the general public who realize
the full implication of leaving men unaccounted for at the end
of a war.
many authorities believe there are hundreds of Americans still
alive in captivity in Southeast Asia today. What must they be
thinking of us? What will our next generation of combat veterans
think, we were not allowed to go back and bring our brothers home
from Southeast Asia, if we could have, we would have.
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Biographical and loss information on POW's provided by Operation
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