Emch, James Kenneth, CW2

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
100B-Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 100B, 175th Aviation Company (AHC)
Service Years
1968 - 1970

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Chief Warrant Officer 2

One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jul 29, 1970
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Dinh Tuong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Moran Cemetery - Spokane, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08W 065

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Aviator Badge (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1968, 2nd Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Polk, LA), A
  1969, 4th Warrant Officer Company-Class 69-17 (Fort Wolters, TX), B/3
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
175th Aviation Company (AHC)164th Aviation Group1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1970, 100B, 175th Aviation Company (AHC)
  1969-1970, 100B, 164th Aviation Group
  1969-1970, 100B, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

CW2 Emch was killed in the crash of his UH-1D () near Ben Tre, RVN during a standardization check ride. Crash was due to engine failure. The other pilot, WO1 J.N. Miller survived.
He had enlisted in 1968. He graduated with Flight class: 69-17.

John  Imsdahl
Basic Training and Flight School
9375 Chalkstone Way Reno NV 89523
Army Friends During Basic Training and Primary Helicopter School
I just finished a book written by a Vietnam veteran who mentioned this website. The first of many names that I will visit was here. Coming from northern California, and Jim from Spokane, Washington, I remember first meeting Jim in the reception area at Fort Polk, LA with a mutual expression of: 'Why aren't we in Fort Lewis (WA) or Fort Ord (Monterey,CA)? Fort Polk was a shock to the system. We were in foreign land known as rural Louisiana with humidity, heat and angry drill Sgts. We both ended up in the First Training Brigade, Co A, 2nd Bat, the same Basic Training Unit. We survived that and I still have my 'Graduation Book'. Jim's picture is there with his confident smile. Upon graduation we were shipped in buses to Fort Wolters, Mineral Wells, Texas where we both ended up in the 4th Warrant Officer Candidate Company. I lost track of Jim. I served in the 101st, in I Corp, way up north near the DMZ. We use to say in Vietnam that the first 3 weeks and the last 3 weeks were the most dangerous and that became true for many of us. Jim died 'short' with only 4 days before coming home. Jim's full crash story can be found on the VHPA website which stands for Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Assn. I am truly sorry and said for his loss in a war that few appreciate. I served there as well from 1969 to 1970. Welcome home to my brothers, all of them. Living and those who have left us. Thank you for your service to our country.
Apr 7, 2015

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