The Pentagon has released the names of those seven Americans
killed Saturday, April 7, after their helicopter crashed into the
side of a mountain in central Vietnam, about 280 miles south of
Hanoi. (See VVA News Release No. 01-03, April 9, 2001, for more
Americans were part of a 16-member Missing In Action team that
included nine Vietnamese who also died in the unexplained crash.
Most of the Americans were stationed in Hanoi with the U.S. Joint
Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA) Detachment.
Its mission is to search for the remains of American
servicemembers missing from the Vietnam War.
Two of the
Vietnamese who died were members of a Vietnam agency set up to
assist the American task force in its mission. The other seven
were crewmembers and technicians. Their names have not yet been
Rank, Name, Job Title, Unit
Col. Rennie M. Cory Jr., Detachment 2 Commander, JTF-FA
Army Lt. Col. George D. Martin
III, Incoming Detachment 2 Commander, 1st Bn.,
32nd Infantry Regt.
Air Force Maj. Charles E. Lewis, Detachment
2 Deputy Commander, JTF-FA
Air Force Master Sgt. Steven L.
Moser, Vietnamese Linguist, JTF-FA
Navy Hospital Corpsman Chief
Pedro J. Gonzales, Consolidated Divers
Unit, San Diego, Calif.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert
M. Flynn, Vietnamese Linguist, JTF-FA
Army Sgt. 1st Class Tommy J.
Murphy, Mortuary Affairs/Team Sergeant,
Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii
The Pentagon also said the bodies are to be flown to
Hawaii later in the week.