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John R. Henn, Jr.
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- Name: John Robert Henn, Jr.
- Rank/Branch: W2/US Army
- Unit: 79th Artillery, 3rd
Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
- Date of Birth: 11 February 1948
- Home City of Record: Sutton MA
- Date of Loss: 24 May 1972
- Country of Loss: South Vietnam
- Loss Coordinates: 113345N
- Status (in 1973): Missing in
- Category: 3
- Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: AH1G
- Other Personnel in Incident:
|SYNOPSIS: On May
24, 1972, WO2 Isaac Y. Hosaka, pilot, and WO2 John R. Henn, aircraft commander, were
flying an AH1G Cobra helicopter (tail #67-15836) which was participating in a medivac
operation about 8 kilometers south of An Loc, South Vietnam. WO2 Henn's helicopter was in
a flight of three Cobras at 4800 feet when the helicopter appeared to break in half.
|The aircraft then
went into a flat spin, exploded and burst into flames upon impact. The other helicopter
pilots concluded that the Cobra had been hit by a SAM (surface to air missile), as they
had seen a trail of white smoke from the ground to the aircraft.
The other two Cobras remained over the site, but observed no one leaving the crash. An
immediate search in the area was not possible because of the enemy situation, but on June
2 and June 5, brief surface searches were conducted and remains were found which were
identified as those of WO2 Hosaka.
A refugee reported that he had witnessed a Cobra helicopter crash and burn near Tan Khai
village. Fifteen days later, he saw the bodies of two individuals who had apparently died
in the crash. The U.S. Army believes this report may correlate ot Henn and Hosaka.
There was at least some chance that Henn survived the crash of the helicopter to be
captured, as the U.S. Army classified him Missing in Action rather than Killed/Body Not
Recovered. Whether reports have come in concerning Henn is not information which is
included in public record.
As the years have passed since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans
missing in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Many authorities are convinced
that Americans are still alive in captivity in Southeast Asia, and that they number in the
hundreds. Whether Henn is among them is unknown, but certainly there can be no other
honorable end to the Vietnam war than to bring our men home.
Biographical and loss information on POWs provided by Operation Just Cause have been
supplied by Chuck and Mary Schantag of POWNET. Please check with
regularly for updates."
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