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Name: LJG Joseph Felder Hart
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/28/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.5
Date of Birth: 10/20/1944
Home City: Columbia, SC
Service: regular component of the U.S. Navy.
Unit: HA(L)-3 DET 3
Service: U.S. Navy.
The Wall location: 26W-070
Short Summary: Seawolf 320 & 305 crashed in Cambodia. the other UH-1B was flown by LJG Castle and Reardon. Hart killed on resuce 175 AHC UH-1D.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 65-09617
Call sign: SEAWOLF 305
Service number: 705765
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1310 = Unrestricted Line Officer (Pilot)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Started Tour: 06/18/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 02
Location: Kien Tuong Province IV Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: XS153986

Additional information about this casualty:
While operating inside Cambodia it was hit by heavy auto weapons fire and crashed. Killed in the crash were the pilot, LTJG Richard Ardon (sp?), the copilot, LTJG Hal Castle, and the gunner, AO3 Michael E Schaffernocker. The crewchief, AN James B. Page, Jr. was severely injured. The second team member, Seawolf 305 was hit in the engine oil system and made a forced landing near the wreck of Seawolf 320. They recovered Page under fire and held out to be picked up by a slick from the 175th AHC, Outlaw 29 after several attempted landings. While taking off, the pilot of Seawolf 305 was shot by ground fire and killed. He was LtJG Joseph F. Hart and a crewman/observer also rescued (AN Charles Larsen) was seriously wounded on take-off as well. Location of this incident was approximately Grid XS153986. The bodies of LtJg Castle and AO3 Schafernocker and a third body were returned by Cambodian officials on 20 Feb 70. The third body was not identified at the time. from Pete Harlem Feb 1996.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
This record was last updated on 06/12/1999

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