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Name: 1LT Alan Brent Boffman
Status: Remains were returned on 7/90 from an incident on 03/18/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Declared dead on 05/07/1971.
Age at death: 24.8
Date of Birth: 06/08/1946
Home City: Norfolk, VA
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: D/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 70-40/70-30
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04W-057
Short Summary: Shot down, crashed and burned leading slicks to surrounded ARVNS in Laos after hit in hydraulics. Only second mission in country.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 68-15077
Call sign: HAWK
Service number: O5280188
Country: Laos
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 03/04/1971
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: missing in action - bonified
Length of service: 01
Military grid coordinates of event: XD469392

Additional information about this casualty:
Al Boffman was a bright, sensitive and wonderful man. Funny. A comic. Super smart and quick witted. Always fun to be around. I keep with me the 1990 "Washington Post" newspaper clipping that announced the recovery of his remains and their subesquent internment at Arlington. Back then I contemplated contacting his mother to speak to her about my high regard for Al. But I didn't know how to approach her. So I didn't. Regardless, I was lucky to have know him and I want you to know that he was a great man. From: Roger Almquist

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Negro
Religion: Baptist - other groups
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 09/21/2012

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