Pietrzak, Joseph Ray, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
11D10-Armor Reconnaissance Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 11D10, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment/B Troop
Service Years
1969 - 1971

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Home Town
Roseville
Last Address
Roseville

Casualty Date
Feb 10, 1971
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05W 093

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101st Airborne Division 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment
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START OF TOUR DATE NOT AVAILABLE

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Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 66-17765

Total flight hours at this point: 00001181
Date: 02/10/1971 MIA-POW file reference number: 1701
Incident number: 71021018.KIA
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
While in Operations Area this helicopter was in Orbit at 0250 feet and 085 knots.
UTM grid coordinates: YD257076
Helicopter took 4 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (12.7MM)
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 02 DOI . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Burned
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated:
Defense Intelligence Agency Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database.
Also: 1701, LNNF, HUGHS, OPREP (Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. )


Crew Members:

OB SGT PIETRZAK JOSEPH RAY BNR     Armor Recon Specialist (Flight Qual.)
P WO1 ROBERTSON MARK JOHN BNR


REFNO Synopsis:

SYNOPSIS:
WO Mark J. Robertson, pilot, and Sgt. Joseph R. Pietrzak, observer, were flying aboard an OH6A helicopter on a visual reconnaissance mission in Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam on February 10, 1971. The helicopter was hit by heavy 51 caliber machine gun fire in the power compartment and fuel section. It burst into flames and fell vertically and exploded on impact. Other helicopters in the area immediately attempted to land and search the area for survivors, but the crewmen reported that enemy fire and deteriorating weather conditions prevented them from doing so. None of the crews conducting visual searches saw survivors or bodies around the blazing helicopter. Radio frequencies were monitored for a period after that, with no result. Enemy activity in the area prevented further search in the loss area near the Laos border.

This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
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Date posted on this site: 07/20/2010
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1971 Status:
Body Not Recovered. Found Later
Repatriated (Returned To U.S. Soil): 06/07/1994
Identified: 03/16/2004

 

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