Washington, D.C.--"Today marks the ten-year anniversary of the tragic April 7, 2001, helicopter crash of the Joint Task Force Full Accounting's 65th Joint Field Activity. Seven American active-duty servicemen and nine Vietnamese military personnel perished when the Russian-made MI-17 helicopter crashed in the mountainous area of Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. We will always remember their dedication and their ultimate sacrifice in fulfilling their mission to achieve the fullest possible accounting of Americans lost during the Vietnam War," said VVA President John Rowan.
VVA's Veterans Initiative delegation, led by VVA Vice President Jack Devine, attended today's memorial ceremony in Quang Binh Province. Since 1994, VVA, through the Veterans Initiative Program, has supported the efforts of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in its mission to account for Americans listed as POWs and MIAs. By returning artifacts taken during the war and helping locate Vietnamese grave sites of missing Vietnamese soldiers, VVA's Veterans Initiative Program encourages Vietnamese witnesses to assist in the location and recovery of Americans still listed as unaccounted.
Lost in the fatal crash were U.S. Army Lt. Col. Rennie M. Cory, Jr; U.S. Army Lt. Col. George D. Martin III; U.S. Air Force Maj. Charles E. Lewis; U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Steven L. Moser; U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Pedro J. Gonzales; U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tommy J. Murphy; U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert M. Flynn; Vietnamese Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) SR COL Tran Van Bien; Mr. Nguyen Than Ha, (VNOSMP); Lt. Col. Nguyen Van Ha; Lt. Col. Nguyen Thanh Son; Maj. Nguyen Huu Nham; Maj. Vu Pham The Kien; Lt. Giap Thanh Ngan, Lt. Pham Duy Dung; and Lt. Dang Ngoc. VVA National President John Rowan served in the same unit as Air Force Master Sgt. Moser and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Flynn.
"To their families and their loves ones, we extend our heartfelt condolences on this ten-year anniversary, and we will always remember your sacrifice," said Rowan.