Name: CPT John Henry Call III (posthumously promoted)
Status: Remains were returned on 09/26/97 from an incident on 04/06/1972 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 25.2
Date of Birth: 02/09/1947
Home City: Potomac, MD
Service: reserve component of the U.S. Air Force.
Unit: 37 ARRS
Flight class: 71-22AF
Service: U.S. Air Force.
The Wall location: 02W-130
Short Summary: Shot down, crashed, and burned while attempting the rescue of "Bat 21" The entire crew died. John's mother 301-299-6105 would like info
Aircraft: HH-53C tail number 68-10365
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1021D = D Pilot, Helicopter, UH-1 Helicopter, UH-1
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Additional information about this casualty:
A joint U.S.-Vietnamese team excavated and investigated the helicopter crash site in 1989, 1992, and 1994. Helicopter wreckage was found on the first visit, but no human remains were located. During the 1992 visit, the team learned a local villager had buried remains from the crash in his garden. In 1994, investigators found more bone fragments, personal effects and helicopter wreckage at the crash site. The remains of Chapman and Prater have been identified and will be given to next of kin in late 1997. From The Cincinnati Enquirer, Sunday, October 5, 1997. The USAF Casuality File states that the Armed Forces Identification Review Board approved the group remains identification recommendation on 26 Sep 1997.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Burial information: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, VA
This record was last updated on 07/27/1998
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