Kooman, Gary Roger, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
67N20-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 67N20, 164th Combat Aviation Group
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Specialist 4



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ontario
Last Address
Ontario

Casualty Date
Aug 09, 1967
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mount Hope Cemetery - Rochester, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 095

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Ribbon Bar

Aviation Badge (Basic)
Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
214th Aviation Battalion13th Aviation Battalion164th Combat Aviation Group
  1967-1967, 67N20, 214th Aviation Battalion/175th Aviation Company (AHC)
  1967-1967, 67N20, 13th Aviation Battalion
  1967-1967, 67N20, 164th Combat Aviation Group
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SP4 Gary Kooman served with the 175th Assault Helicopter Company in Gia Dinh Province, RVN.

On 9 August 1967, his crew was en route from the 24th Field Hospital Heliport to Can Tho Air Field, Bear Cat Air Field, Long Binh, and due for a direct return to Vinh Long.

He  was kiled when a USAF RF-101 vectoring in to Tan Son Nhut Air Base collided with his helicopter, UH-1D (tail number 66-01099), killing all aboard. The Air Force pilot, Major Jack Bond,  ejected and survived with major injuries.

Those lost: 

Crew:
Major Charles R. Latta, P
1st Lt. George F. Sodaitis, P
SP4 Gary R. Kooman, CE
SP4 Gerald L. Hopper, G

Passengers
Pvt. William J. McRae, Quartermaster Corps 175th
Jerry L. Degnan, (Civilian with Decca Navigator Systems, Inc. based in Saigon training helicopter pilots, and not properly identified until 2001. He was an unmanifested passenger on the aircraft that day.)

 

 
   
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