McKain, Bobby Lyn, CW3

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
100E-Attack Helicopter Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 100E, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (Air Cavalry)
Service Years
1965 - 1968

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Chief Warrant Officer 3



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1946
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by CW2 Phillip M. Kemp (Mike) to remember McKain, Bobby Lyn, CW3.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wichita
Last Address
Garden City

Casualty Date
May 03, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 54E, Line 027

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 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartUS Army Warrant Officers AssociationVeterans of the Vietnam WarVietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA)
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1968, US Army Warrant Officers Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1968, Veterans of the Vietnam War [Verified]
  1968, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) [Verified]
  1968, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


CW2 McKain was on his 2nd tour to Vietnam
No date is given for the start of his tour
He served his first tour with D Co., 227th Aviation Bn
He was posthumously promoted to CW3
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Status: Remains were returned on 08/11/08 from an incident on 05/03/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Flight class: 65-19W
Short Summary: Engaged NVA crew served weapon on east side of a shau valley west of Khe Sanh near "co roc". see chaney & refno 1155.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 66-15332
Call sign: Apache?
Service number: W3152914
Primary cause: SVN-BNR
Length of service: 03
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.

single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
This record was last updated on 07/19/2008
War Story:
The helicopter crashed in Laos based on the following:

(1) An 1/9 Cav MIA Board witness statement from DeRoy J. HARDIE, 1LT which reads as follows: "When the aircraft of CW2 McKain and WO1 Chaney crashed, it landed in Laos. For this reason there was no ground search made. All searching and observation was done from the air."

(2) A JCRC message 19 Jan 1976 proposing that McKain/Chaney's loss location should be corrected from Quang Tri Prov, SVN to Laos, and a DIA response dtd 31 Mar 1976 saying that DIA and Army concurred with the recommendation.

(3) in 3rd MarDiv ops log for 03 May 68 (TT 1201031016.pdf p27): "#114 - 031530H - From Task Force Hotel: 686383 Huie Cobra down across Laotian border shot down by ground fire exploded in mid air no survivors expected. AO will check out for survivors."

This record was last updated on 07/20/2009


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Date posted on this site: 01/22/2013

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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 610-08
July 17, 2008

Soldiers Missing From The Vietnam War Are Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two U.S. servicemen, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

They are Chief Warrant Officer Bobby L. McKain, of Garden City, Kansas; and Warrant Officer Arthur F. Chaney, of Vienna, Virginia, both U.S. Army. McKain will be buried on August 11, 2008, in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., and Chaney will be buried September 16, 2008, in Arlington.

Representatives from the Army met with the next-of-kin of these men to explain the recovery and identification process, and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the secretary of the Army.

On May 3, 1968, these men flew an AH-1G Cobra gunship on an armed escort mission to support a reconnaissance team operating west of Khe Sanh, in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. Their helicopter was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire, exploded in mid-air and crashed west of Khe Sanh near the Laos-Vietnam border. The crew of other U.S. aircraft flying over the area immediately after the crash reported no survivors, and heavy enemy activity prevented attempts to recover the men's bodies.

In 1985, an American citizen with ties to Southeast Asian refugees turned over to U.S. officials human remains supposedly recovered from an AC-130 aircraft crash in Laos. While subsequent laboratory analysis disproved the association of the remains to the AC-130 crash, some of the remains were those of McKain and Chaney.

Between 1989 and 2003, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) investigative teams working in Laos and Vietnam made five attempts to locate the crew's crash site, but could not confirm the location.

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA and dental comparisons in identifying the remains.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO Web site at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.
 
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Comments/Citation

Bobby was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on Aug 11 2008. He was identified by a jawbone fragment, two teeth and an arm bone. His co-pilot Arthur Chaney was also identified. God Bless them both!
 Added: Oct. 8, 2010     
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   1966-1967, 062B, D Company, 227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)

Warrant Officer 1
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D Company Unit Page
Rank
Warrant Officer 1
MOS
062B-Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Location
Not Specified
Country/State
Vietnam
 
 
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 D Company, 227th Aviation Battalion (AHB) Details

D Company, 227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)
Type
Air Unit
Existing/Disbanded
Deactivated
Parent Unit
227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)
Strength
Battalion
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: May 3, 2014
   
   
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95 Members Also There at Same Time
D Company

Weber, Roger Dale, SGT, (1967-1968) TC 67N20 Sergeant
Trevino, Daniel, MSG, (1960-1986) TC 67Z Specialist 5
Weare, Jim Weare, SP 5, (1968-1968) OD 35K Specialist 5
Bauer, Leonard, SP 4, (1964-1966) OD 45J Specialist 4
Guinn, William, CW4, (1966-1994) AV 67N10 Private (E-2)
Hudgins, James, LTC, (1965-1986) First Lieutenant
Eltringham, William David, SP 5, (1965-1968) Specialist 5
MOULTON, DOUGLAS, SP 4, (1964-1967) Specialist 5
227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)

Johnson, Clifford Curtis, CW2, (1956-1966) AV 062B Chief Warrant Officer 2
Coronis, Martin James, WO1, (1961-1967) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Dwyer, Robert Keefe, 1LT, (1965-1967) AV 1981 First Lieutenant
Stybel, Conrad Anthony, 1LT, (1964-1967) AV 1981 First Lieutenant
Wood, Lawrence Jeffrey, SGT, (1966-1967) AV 67N10 Sergeant
Buehler, Richard, COL, (1964-1997) TC 67N20 Specialist 5
Johnston, David, SP 5, (1966-1969) OD 632 Specialist 5
Johnston, David, SP 5, (1966-1969) OD 63C20 Specialist 5
Stockdale, Melvin James, SP 5, (1943-1966) AV 67N10 Specialist 5
Walsh, Thomas, SP 4, (1965-1967) QM 76W Specialist 5
Bauer, Leonard, SP 4, (1964-1966) OD 45J Specialist 4
Marquez-Cruz, Juan, 1SG, (1966-1990) IN 11B10 Specialist 4
Porter, Leo, SP 4, (1966-1967) AV 67M Specialist 4
Dungee, Rudolph Francis, WO1, (1966-1967) Warrant Officer 1
Frederking, Richard, SP 4, (1964-1966) Specialist 4
Elizondo, Frederick H., WO1, (1966-1967) Warrant Officer 1
Nelson, James Raymond, SGT, (1965-1967) Staff Sergeant
Knoblock, Joseph M., SP 4, (1962-1968) Specialist 4
A Company

Bowen, Ralph Edward, WO1, (1966-1967) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Brose, Albert Charles, WO1, (1966-1967) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Morley, Jeffrey Paul, WO1 AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Roberts, John James, WO1, (1966-1967) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Robertson, Pierce Irving, MAJ, (1958-1966) AV 1981 Captain
Lane, Michael Steven, 1LT, (1965-1968) TC 1981 First Lieutenant
Bass, Donald, SGT, (1965-1973) TC 67N10 Sergeant
Heiman, Joseph Edward, SGT, (1967-1968) SC 36C10 Sergeant
Rimmer, Jearl Edward, SGT, (1965-1967) AV 67N10 Sergeant
Yost, Wes, SGT, (1966-1969) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Collins, Michael Lee, SP 5, (1967-1969) TC 67N10 Specialist 5
Driver, Wayne, SP 5, (1966-1968) AV 67N20 Specialist 5
Foster, William, SP 5, (1966-1968) TC 67N10 Specialist 5
Griffey, David, SP 5, (1966-1975) AG 71H30 Specialist 5
Hurston, Hugh Larry, SP 5, (1966-1967) IN 11B10 Specialist 5
King, Lee Ray, SP 5, (1966-1968) OD 35K Specialist 5
Woods, John, SP 5, (1966-1968) TC 67T30 Specialist 5
Bourne, Lynn L, SP 4, (1965-1968) EN 12B10 Specialist 4
Dial, Robert Lewis, PFC, (1965-1966) AR 11E10 Private First Class
Uding, Stanley Roy, PFC, (1967-1967) TC 67N10 Private First Class
Holz, Gary Leroy, CPL, (1966-1967) Corporal
Hatton, James L., SP 4, (1966-1966) IN Specialist 4
B Company

Carlisle, Thomas G., WO1, (1966-1968) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Lannin, Wayne, CPT, (1963-1969) AV 1981 Captain
Uhlmansiek, Ralph Edward, SSG, (1966-1967) TC 67N20 Staff Sergeant
Montagno, Randolph, SP 5, (1967-1970) AV 67N20 Specialist 5
Mullinax, Bobby, SP 4, (1967-1971) AV 67A Specialist 5
Carr, Thomas, SGT, (1965-1974) SC 31Q Specialist 4
Murphy, Jon Michael, SGT, (1966-1968) AV 67N20 Specialist 4
Tennesen, Charles, SP 5, (1967-1970) QM 76H Private First Class
Williams, David Leigh, PFC, (1967-1968) TC 67H Private First Class
Barnes, Charlie, CPT, (1966-1973) 2520 Captain
Holloway, James, SFC, (1963-1984) AV Sergeant First Class

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