Press Statement

APRIL 10, 2001

No. 01-04 
301 585-4000
Contact: Jim Greene


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 details.)

The 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 released.

 Service, Rank, Name, Job Title, Unit

Army Lt. 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.

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