Musil, Clinton Allen, Sr., CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
9309-Aerial Surveillance Officer
Last MOS Group
Military Intelligence (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 9309, 16th Aviation Group
Service Years
1965 - 1971

Infantry

Captain



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1941
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Minneapolis

Casualty Date
May 31, 1971
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
W3, 60

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 Unit Assignments
212th Aviation Battalion/131st Aviation Company1st Aviation Brigade16th Aviation Group
  1970-1971, 9309, 212th Aviation Battalion/131st Aviation Company
  1970-1971, 9309, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1971, 9309, 16th Aviation Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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Last Known Activity
Captain Clinton Allen Musil Sr. was a member of 131st Aviation Company, 212 Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade 11th Aviation Group. On May 31, 1971, he was the pilot of a Grumman Mohawk Aircraft (OV-1A) flying a visual reconnaissance when his aircraft crashed 6 kilometers south-southwest of Phou Ke Dai, Savannakhet Province, Laos.

On 31 May 1971, WO2 Jack W. Brunson, pilot, and Capt. Clinton A. Musil, observer, comprised the crew of the lead aircraft in a flight of two on a photographic/visual reconnaissance mission approximately 45 miles west-southwest of Hue, South Vietnam; 6 miles northeast of Tavauac and 6 kilometers south-southwest of Phou Ke Dai, Savannakhet Province, Laos. This area of eastern Laos was considered a major artery of the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail. When North Vietnam began to increase its military strength in South Vietnam, NVA and Viet Cong troops again intruded on neutral Laos for sanctuary, as the Viet Minh had done during the war with the French some years before. This border road was used by the Communists to transport weapons, supplies and troops from North Vietnam into South Vietnam, and was frequently no more than a path cut through the jungle covered mountains. US forces used all assets available to them to stop this flow of men and supplies from moving south into the war zone.

At 1415 hours, the Lead aircraft completed its fifth pass over the target area. At that time his wingman saw the Mohawk execute a steep left turn, then lost sight of the aircraft as it disappeared into the late afternoon shadows. Visual contact was not reestablished with Lead until his aircraft exploded in a huge ball of flame on the side of a mountain. The OV1A was engulfed in flames and totally demolished by the ensuing fire. Prior to the crash, the wingman did not see his flight leader experiencing any problems.

An immediate aerial electronic and visual search was initiated, but no parachutes were seen and no emergency beeper signals were heard. Likewise, no survivors were seen on the ground and all attempts to raise the downed aircrew by radio proved unsuccessful. The search and rescue (SAR) effort was expanded, but was severely hampered by well placed hidden enemy anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) sites. Several low passes were made over the crash site, which was located in the extremely rugged and dense jungle-covered mountains. Likewise, the terrain and heavy enemy presence in the area prevented any helicopters from landing. Due to the hostile threat in the area, no additional SAR operation was possible. At the time the initial search effort was terminated, Clinton Musil and Jack Brunson were immediately listed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. 

Their remains were found and repatriated in 2003/2004.

   
Comments/Citation
Awards; Silver Star, 2 Purple Heart's, DFC, 3 Bronze Stars w/V device, NDSM VNSM, VN Campaign Medal. 

Musil, who had only two weeks left to go on his second tour of duty, was
officially categorized as MIA. He was 30 years old.

Musil volunteered for the second tour of duty in the Southeast Asian conflict out of love for the military and his mission.  Musil had been a Marine,  but switched to the Army. "He loved his country. He was a true hero."
 
   
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