O'Donnell, Michael Davis, MAJ

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Last Rank
Major
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1995, POW/MIA
Service Years
1966 - 1970

Aviation

Major


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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Springfield
Last Address
Springfield

Casualty Date
Mar 24, 1970
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Cambodia
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12W 040

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1st Aviation Brigade


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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1970, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator Badge (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Aviation Brigade17th Aviation Group52nd Aviation Battalion170th Assault Helicopter Company
POW/MIA
  1969-1970, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1970, 1981, 17th Aviation Group/HHC
  1969-1970, 1981, 52nd Aviation Battalion
  1969-1970, 1981, 170th Assault Helicopter Company
  1969-1970, 1981, 170th Assault Helicopter Company
  1970-1995, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"24 March 1970
Jerry Lynn Pool, First Lieutenant of Freeport, Illinois
John Arthur Boronski, Staff Sergeant of Ware, Massachusetts
Gary Alan Harned, Sergeant, of Springboro, Pennsylvania
Michael Davis O'Donnel Captain, Pilot of Springfield, Illinois
John Charles Hosken, Co-Pilot, Warrant Officer I, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Rudy Morales Becerra, Specialist 4 of Richmond, Texas
Berman Gande, Jr, Specialist 4 of Belleview, Florida

US Army UH-1H Helicopter Crew from the 170th AHC Tail # 262, Ops 32/75-MIA, Presumptive finding of death.

A recon team which had been engaged with an enemy force in Cambodia for three days, requested extraction. The UH-1H, 170th AHC responded in support of the team. The landing zone in the tri-border area 14 miles inside Cambodia, had enemy forces closing in, the pilot, ignoring his own safety attempted the extraction. The helicopter set-down on the LZ, the entire team boarded the aircraft and having just loaded the recon team, and in an effort to depart, the helicopter started its assent reaching an altitude of about 100 feet when an explosion was observed in the aircraft. The aircraft continued to fly for about three hundred meters when another explosion occurred. No bodies were seen being thrown clear of the exploding aircraft. The aircraft crashed and burned uncontrollably. No rescue was attempted due to heavy enemy fire..."  Source: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net
   
Comments/Citation
If you are able,
save them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.

Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.

Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.

And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.


Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam
   
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