Adkins, Charles Leroy, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67N30-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Last MOS Group
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 67N30, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry (Airmobile)
Service Years
1967 - 1968
Transportation Corps
Sergeant First Class
One Overseas Service Bar

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SGT James E. Reece, III (Team Leader, Vietnam Fallen Profiles) to remember Adkins, Charles Leroy (Bud), SFC.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Barnesville, OH
Last Address
Barnesville, OH
MIA Date
Feb 02, 1968
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Memorial Coordinates
36E 064

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryNational League of POW/MIA Families
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, National League of POW/MIA Families

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity:

Staff Sergeant Adkins had been living in Barnesville, OH when he entered the service and was a member of Troop B, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. On February 2, 1968, he was a passenger in a Bell Iroquois Utility Helicopter (UH-1H) on an administrative trip from Chu Lai to Da Nang, South Vietnam. Contact was lost when the aircraft was 12 miles north of Da Nang. His remains were never recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

Staff Sgt. Adkins was listed as a MIA for several years by the DoD. This MIA case was brought before the Senate Select Committee in 1992, but no action was taken, although no body has been recovered, of SSgt Adkins and the other 5 crew members or passengers in this helicopter. The helicopter was found "burning" two months later, but no bodies, or bones, were recovered, however the tail rotor showed that this was indeed SSgt Adkins helicopter. SSgt Adkins had a horse, who remained alive, for 24 years. He died soon after the Senate Select Committee could find "no reasonable proof" to reopen this MIA case. On behalf of SSgt Adkins' Family, who have never given up hope, 

Other Comments:


LTC Donald D. Burnham was the pilot of a UH-1H helicopter (#66-16442) that departed Camp Evans, Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam for Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam on February 2, 1968. Also aboard were passengers SP4 Charles L. Adkins, SFC Joe H. Pringle, SSGT Joseph D. Puggi, and crew chief SP4 Kenneth J. Patton. During a ground radar controlled approach to Da Nang Airbase, the controller lost radio contact with the helicopter and subsequently lost radar contact. The last positive position of the aircraft was 12 miles north of Da Nang. After attempts to contact Captain Burnham by radio failed, ramp checks were conducted by another pilot from his unit. Search of the area to the north of Da Nang failed to locate the missing aircraft. On May 28, 1968, a crashed and burned UH-1H helicopter (tail #6442) was located in the appropriate vicinity and a search party recovered an ID tag belonging to SFC Pringle, several weapons, and some human bones. The ID tag and weapons were given to an unidentified major; subsequent attempts to trace the weapons have been unsuccessful. All human remains were given to the U.S. Army Mortuary at Da Nang, and subsequently determined unidentifiable. Search attempts terminated on 16 November 1972. Because of the density of the underbrush, no further remains were recovered. The crash site was photographed in July 1974, at which time it became known that parts of the aircraft had been recovered by a Vietnamese woodcutter. No evidence of human remains was found in the area. Donald Burnham's photograph was identified by a Vietnamese rallier as having been a prisoner of war. CIA analysis failed to determine why Burnham's photo was selected, as neither he nor the other crew was seen by returned POWs. [Taken from]

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   1967-1968, 67N30, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry (Airmobile)

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 B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry (Airmobile) Details

B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry (Airmobile)
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Martin, Carl Raymond, SP 5, (1967-1969) TC 67V20 Specialist 5
Bartholomew, Richard D., SP 4, (1968-1969) TC 67N20 Specialist 4
Delgado, Richard Falcon, SP 4, (1966-1968) TC 67N10 Specialist 4
Elliott, Edwin Ellis, SP 4, (1966-1967) TC 67N20 Specialist 4
Dorio, John William Allen, PFC, (1967-1968) TC 67N10 Private First Class
Maberry, Calvin Dwight, PFC, (1966-1967) TC 67N20 Private First Class
Almojuela, Thomas, COL, (1966-1993) AV 152G Colonel
Niles, Louis, MAJ, (1966-1998) AV 1981 Major
Rawl, Joe, MAJ, (1962-1983) TC 100E Major
Burnham, Donald Dawson, LTC, (1964-1978) TC 100B Captain
Ferrier, Robert, CPT, (1965-1968) AR 12B Captain
McMurray, Fred Howell, CPT, (1966-1968) TC 1981 Captain
Rusnak, George Bernard, CPT, (1962-1967) AR 1204 Captain
Sundquist, Jack Donald, MAJ, (1959-1968) AV 1980 Captain
Danby, Arthur, MAJ, (1966-1986) TC 100E First Lieutenant
Eikenberry, Earl, 1LT, (1966-1969) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Prine, Robert Wayne, 1LT, (1966-1968) AV 1981 First Lieutenant
Ruehle, Medard A. j., 1LT, (1965-1967) AV 1981 First Lieutenant
Whitmire, Warren Taylor, CW3, (1967-1978) TC 100B Chief Warrant Officer 3
Murray, Arthur Joseph, CW2, (1967-1969) AV 100B Chief Warrant Officer 2
Nash, Stanley, CW2, (1962-1969) TC 062B Chief Warrant Officer 2
Popp, David Fred, CW2, (1963-1969) AV 062B Chief Warrant Officer 2
Arvidson, James Warren, WO1, (1966-1968) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Chesson, Richard, CPT, (1966-1992) TC 100F Warrant Officer 1
Flanagan, John, MAJ, (1966-1986) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Godfrey, James Walter, WO1, (1966-1967) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Lee, William Robert, WO1, (1967-1968) TC 062B Warrant Officer 1
McAnally, Loren, MAJ, (1965-1986) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Morris, David Michael, WO1, (1967-1968) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Pannell, Phillip Randall, CW2, (1968-1969) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Seamans, Otto Andreae, WO1, (1966-1967) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Pringle, Joe Harold, SGM, (1950-1978) AR 19D20 Sergeant Major
Hockenberry, Joseph Lester, SFC, (1951-1967) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Camacho, David Bitanga, SSG, (1962-1968) IN 11B30 Staff Sergeant
Lewis, Charles, SSG, (1962-1970) AD 00G Staff Sergeant
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Buchanan, Joseph Michael, SGT, (1967-1969) IN 11B20 Sergeant
Cryster, James Perry, SGT, (1966-1967) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Firtos, Michael, SGT, (1966-1972) EN 12B40 Sergeant
Jones, Jerry Dean, SGT, (1968-1969) AR 11D10 Sergeant
Lewis, Kenneth, SFC, (1964-1986) AV 67Q Sergeant
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Brown, Colburn, SP 4, (1966-1967) AR 11D10 Specialist 4
Hembree, James Vernon, SP 4, (1966-1967) IN 11B10 Specialist 4
Holtrey, Daniel Perry, SP 5, (1968-1969) AR 11D10 Specialist 4
Keene, Joe, SP 4, (1968-1971) IN 11B10 Specialist 4

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