Intruder KIA-MIA Files...
War drew us
from our homeland
In the sunlit springtime of our
Those who did not come back alive
in perpetual springtime --
forever young --
And a part of them is with us
Between 1966 and 1970, the 281st Assault Helicopter Company lost forty-six
brave individuals in South East Asia; ten of our brothers have yet to be
returned to their families. The 281st AHC Association is dedicated to
honoring and preserving the memory of each individual we lost. To do so we
have developed a virtual "Book of Remembrance" with a chapter for each
member of our flight that we lost as Killed In Action (KIA) or left behind as
Missing In Action (MIA). To view the work we have accomplished to date
please click on the individuals name which will take you their chapter in the
book. Following the complete listing of names you will find a roster type
listing of our MIA/ KIAs shown by date of loss. By clicking on the name of
an individual listed on the roster you will also be taken to their chapter in
the book. In addition, there is a bookmark of for each year that the
281st served in South East Asia.
Please contact us if you have, or want
information, concerning one of our MIAs or KIAs or if you have pictures that you
are willing to share with us. This is a "works in progress" and we need
IF YOU CANNOT VISIT THE VIETNAM
VETERANS MEMORIAL, YOU CAN WRITE TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS TO HAVE A WALL
RUBBING/TRACING OF A NAME MADE AND MAILED TO YOU.
Mail Operations/Vietnam Veterans Memorial
National Park Service
National Capitol Parks-Central
900 Ohio Drive, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20242
All Gave Some--Some Gave All!
Click here to see the names of brothers on the Moving Wall.
Photos taken by John Galkiewicz.
The mission of the 281st AHC was
initially performed by the 6th Air Lift Platoon
and the 145th Aviation Platoon. These units were integrated
into the 281st when it arrived in South Vietnam.
6th AIRLIFT PLATOON --- KILLED IN ACTION
145th Aviation Platoon
The actions of the 6th and 145th platoons which resulted in the casualties noted above occurred prior to the merger with the 281st. The reports written by the 52nd and DoD of the actions on April 19, 1965 differ as to crew positions and unit assignments. For certain, the 52nd AB suffered nine casualties in an operation north of Qui Nhon at LA Alpha. Three aircraft were struck by ground fire, causing a casualty in one and the complete loss of two others. Specialists Mills appears to have been on temporary duty from Hawaii to fill a vacant door gunner position in the 119th AHC. Specialist Olivar appears to have joined the mission from battalion headquarters. You may
click here to view the reports.
We honor the memory of those who established a reputation of support of the soldiers on the ground.
The 281st continued this service after the merger with these predecessor units.
INTRUDERS STILL MISSING IN ACTION
Click on the Intruders name to
view his remembrance page.
Average age of the
four 281st AHC Crew Members MIA: 20 years
Average age of the six 281st AHC Pilots MIA: 22 years
THE LAST RIDE
Soldiers from the
3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) carry Medal of Honor recipient retired
Chief Warrant Officer Michael J. Novosel Sr. at Arlington National Cemetery
April 13, 2006
CWO Novosel was a well known Army Aviator honored for his actions as a
Dustoff Pilot in Vietnam and a USAF pilot in WW2 (B-29) and Korea.
INTRUDER....ALWAYS AN INTRUDER
The 281st AHC Association has made every effort to validate the accuracy of the information presented here.
The official Army Records are the primary sources of the information shown.
However, in some cases we have discovered discrepancies that we have not been
able to verify or correct.
Should you have information or comments concerning a 281st AHC KIA or MIA, please use the "CONTACT US" button below
to reach a member of the 281st AHC Remembrance Committee.
Last Update: March, 2017