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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Marines Deliver School Supplies from Family and Friends in the States

From Multi-National Force Iraq:

Iraqi students show their excitement after Company I, Task Force 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, delivered school supplies to their school on the outskirts of Ubaydi. The Marines presented the schoolmaster with new soccer balls for the school before ensuring each child received an individual package of various school supplies donated by friends and family in the States. Photo by Cpl. Billy Hall, 2nd Marine Division.

Sunday, 02 December 2007
By Cpl. Billy Hall
2nd Marine Division

AL QA’IM — The schoolmaster blows his whistle. Feet scamper out of the classrooms to assemble in the school courtyard. Smiles showed on the beaming faces of Iraqi children as the Marines of Company I, Task Force 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, filtered in to the school with much needed supplies.

The Marines recently visited schools on the outskirts of Ubaydi to deliver notebooks, pencils and other school supplies to nearly 400 children, in order to continue building relations with the local populace.

“This is for the Iraqi children and people in our (area of operations), so they can see us doing things other than operations with a military purpose,” said Capt. T.J. Owens, the commanding officer of Company I. “When the kids see Americans doing good deeds like this, they grow up with that impression of Americans in their minds. The actions Marines take now have endearing implications for the future.”

The Marines presented the schoolmasters with new soccer balls for the schools before ensuring each child received an individual package of various school supplies.

The supplies were available because of an overwhelming response from families, friends and church groups back home, said Owens.

The students lined up in their respective grade levels as they peered in delight over shoulders to catch a glimpse of the Marines handing out supplies.

“It’s not easy bringing events like this together considering things like planning, security, transportation, supplies and reconnaissance, but when you see the looks on the children’s faces, all that doesn’t matter anymore,” Owens said. “There’s a reward that comes with looking into the face of a child, I don’t care what nationality that child is.”

This is the first of many humanitarian efforts for Company I. The school-supply drive, though successful, only reached 10 percent of the schools in their area of operations.

“Some people are still recovering from the early portions of the war and what the terrorists did,” said Owens. “This can’t just be putting a band-aid on. What we’re doing is part of a campaign that Coalition forces all over Iraq are taking part in.”

The end results, starting from the generous donation of supplies, can be seen in the joy these students find in the simplicity of a pencil. The realization of what Coalition forces are trying to achieve in the area is not only becoming apparent to Iraqi adults, but to their children as well.

“We have to keep carrying the torch,” Owens said. “It continues to burn harder and brighter.”

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Eyes on the Ground
Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel McClinton
November 30, 2007

An AH-64D Apache helicopter flies Baghdad. The crew, from Company B, 1st "Attack" Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, is looking for enemy mortar and anti-aircraft systems.

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Interpreter Translates Language, Culture for Marines Operating in Fallujah

From Multi-National Force Iraq

Marines with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, patrol the city streets and alleyways of the Andaloos District of Fallujah. With the help of Victor (middle), the Co. K interpreter and Middle Eastern native, the “Darkhorse” battalion Marines maneuver through the city with the capability to speak with locals. Interpreters, such as Victor, play an integral role in the everyday fight. He helps the Marines make progress through communications while leading them through an unfamiliar culture. Photo by: Pfc. Brian D. Jones, Regimental Combat Team 6.

Sunday, 02 December 2007

FALLUJAH — Over the radio, a Marine’s voice was heard: “Yeah, this dude is crazy. We had Victor ask around and everyone confirmed it, over.”

An Iraqi man had told Marines rumors about insurgent activity in Fallujah. Victor, an interpreter with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, saved the time and effort of pursuing false tips from the bogus source, proving his worth to the Marines.

Victor plays an integrated role in the Marines’ day-to-day job in keeping the city safe and prospering. His skill in translating provides the Marines with the means to overcome the language barrier they face every day. He’s native to the Middle East and offers the Marines the ability to decipher the unfamiliar Arab culture.

Whether they’re patrolling the streets, training the Iraqi security forces or simply purchasing goods in the market, without the help of someone like Victor tasks would be much more complicated.

“Victor” was the name given to him by the Marines since no one could pronounce his Arabic name with any accuracy. He works, lives and endures the long days alongside the “Darkhorse” battalion Marines, who have taken him in as a friend and colleague.

“Victor is awesome,” said Sgt. Ysac M. Perez, a squad leader. “He’s always willing to help us out with anything we need to get done.”

Victor said he came to the job by replying to an advertisement in a newspaper from his hometown in a nearby Middle Eastern country. He said he then passed the required exam and was offered the position of a lower-level interpreter.

As they walked down the streets on a recent patrol, adults and small children alike called out Victor by name, and openly greeted him and the Marines as they passed.

“I feel like I’m doing a great job, and feel like I can help the Iraqi people and American people because I can speak English and I can make it easier for both,” said Victor. “I feel like I am one of (the Marines). They are my friends and they treat me good. They’re nice people until they know someone is not good.”

As they patrolled and stopped to speak with people in the city, Victor investigated how the people of Fallujah feel about the situation the war has brought on them in the past, present and future.

People told Victor about the hard times they have gone through in the city. They explained to him that for a long time, they could not sleep. They could not go outside. Things went missing from the market. Terrorists took their money. They had no power or water and the children quit attending school. Terrorists liked to kill and they killed by sword, not by bullet. They didn’t understand what the terrorists wanted exactly.

“The people feared that (having Coalition forces in the city) would be bad for them like it was before, especially Fallujah,” said Victor. “The people now understand that the Marines are here to help them, not control them. Nobody believed it would be as good as it is now.”

Victor recalled a story an Iraqi policeman told him about how he feared taking out the trash each day because he would find severed human heads in his trash can.

“The Marines were a gift to them from the sky,” Victor said. “For (Iraqis) it was hard times when the terrorists came. They were controlling them. They were not allowed to smoke, listen to music, eat certain foods or wear (Western) clothes and they were forced to go to the mosques and pray. They were not allowed to do this or that. They were not allowed to do many things. It was very scary for them. (Terrorists) killed a lot of people. When they woke up in the morning, they would find people lying dead in the streets and they did not know why the terrorists were doing what they were doing.”

Throughout the day, Victor is also tasked with translating prayers coming from the loudspeakers atop of mosques.

“Don’t worry about the struggles of today. There is a greater afterlife awaiting you where you can have all that you desire,” was just one of the messages resonating from the speakers through the streets as Victor translated.

“They felt that one day (terrorists) would come again, but now the Marines are here and have worked with them and trained them well,” said Victor.

Victor said he believes the Fallujah Iraqi Police (IP) have come along well for being so new.

“They need more training, but there are a lot of them, a good number,” said Victor. “Day by day, they are working and learning to function better on their own, and I think if something were to happen they could control it on their own.”

On a daily basis Victor maintains good working relations between the Marines and IPs, translating for both parties.

“(IPs) are happy, and I think the moment the Marines leave, they will be sad,” said Victor. “They know the Marines are here to support them. They have to learn to do the job alone because the Marines cannot stay here forever, but they feel safe now because the Marines have experience, and if anything happens, they know Marines can control it right away.”

Every day a smile was brought to Victor’s face as people expressed their gratitude to the Marines through him.

“‘Who would believe that Fallujah could be like this?’ the people would say,” said Victor. “You can go down to the market and see how good things are. (Iraqis) are so happy. The Marines have helped them a lot. They’ve made them a peaceful home with security, made them IDs, trained them and gave them jobs.”

Victor pointed out the cement barriers that block the streets as examples of the difficult but necessary adjustments residents have had to make in putting a halt to violence in the city.

“People know that everything is (secure) now and it must be like this,” said Victor. “I think everyone is happy now. No one complains.”

(Story by Pfc. Brian Jones, Regimental Combat Team 6)

In Other Recent Developments Here:

BAGHDAD — Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained 16 suspected terrorists during operations Friday and Saturday to disrupt al-Qaida operations in the central and northern parts of the country.

BALAD — Iraqi Police from the An Nasiriyah Special Weapons and Tactics team detained a suspected high-level improvised explosive device facilitator during operations Nov. 30 to disrupt extremist networks operating in the area.

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PULLING AWAY - U.S. Naval Academy senior slot back Zerbin Singleton pulls away for a touchdown during the midshipmen's 38-3 victory at the 108th Army-Navy football game in Baltimore, Md., Dec. 1, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

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In Today's News - Sunday, December 2, 2007

Quote of the Day
"The United States Marine Corps,
with its fiercely proud tradition of excellence in combat,
its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor,
is part of the fabric of American myth."

-- Thomas E. Ricks; Making the Corps, 1997

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Turkey's Gul reaffirms army's right to act in Iraq - Video
U.S. calls for political progress to back up "surge"
Death toll for Iraqis falls again
Iraq PM asks Bush to order Saddam cousin's handover
In Iraq, the big trends suggest emerging success
Views on Iraq War Softening in U.S.

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghanistan army to reach targeted strength by March

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Somalia PM wants dialogue; 6,000 dead this year
Olmert plays down peace deal chances by end of 2008
NY pols assail proposed anti-terror cuts

Supporting Our Heroes
New Orleans workers reach out to troops

Other Military News
Filipino Protesters Pelt U.S. Embassy Over Marine

Religion of Peace??
Saudi rape ruling puts govt on defensive

Worldwide Wackos
Chavez Pushes for Expanded Executive Powers
Iran says sanctions won't help end nuclear row

Politics / Government
Hillary Clinton Draws Boos at Iowa Campaign Event, 1 Day After Hostage Situation
Democrats differ on Cuba policy at Iowa debate
IRS: 38 Million Tax Refunds Could be Delayed
Clinton, Giuliani give rivals reason to hope
Clinton volunteer recounts close call
Short voting gap shapes presidential race - Video
Secrecy invoked on Abramoff lawsuits
Putin, Chavez Seek Tighter Grip on Power
Russians, Venezuelans vote in key elections - PHOTOS
Russia goes to the polls - Video
Bhutto: Foreign Troops Could Enter Pakistan
Hong Kong votes in symbolic by-election
S.Africa's Mbeki may call early polls if loses ANC

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
No bond for Sean Taylor murder suspects
Wisconsin Toddler, 1, Left in Day Care Van Overnight
Cops: Wisconsin Parents Poured Water on Pantsless, Duct-Taped Children Outside
Police Investigating Accident That Killed Alabama Cheerleaders
New Hershey Candy Leaves Sour Taste in Cops' Mouth
Woman Stabs Autistic Nephew in His Eyes, Then Stabs Herself
Truckers Say Husband of Stacy Peterson Asked Them to Move Package
Missing Kansas Porn Star Student's Body ID'd
FBI Arrests Pair Wanted in $7 Million Robbery
Report: Sophisticated Robbers Target Tourists in Baja California
Investigators probe Chicago train crash
States rethink charging kids as adults

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Leno to pay salaries of laid-off staffers
Judge: Trial stays put despite blog fuss
Imus' return to radio loaded with drama

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
S.Africa cites progress on AIDS - Video
Death-toll rises from Uganda's Ebola outbreak
Space Station lab will boost Europe's status in space
Japan's robots slug it out to be world champ
Digital developments could be tipping point for MP3
Mandela: Halting new HIV infections key
Energy plan pushes automakers on mpg

Mother Nature
Mexico's 'Popo' Pops Its Top
Snow Storm Blasts Midwest
Death toll rises from traffic fatalities - PHOTOS
Van Crash Kills Purdue Hockey Player
Bali talks to seek global climate deal in 2009

Mafia boss arrested while watching Mafia TV show
Officials in tears over comatose croc
Huge truffle fetches $330,000 at Macau auction - Video

Fox News
Early Holiday for Gun Owners (San Francisco is trading gift cards for guns)
FOXBusiness: Can Mortgage Plan Save Borrowers?
Top Ranked Teams Fall, Create Bowl Season Chaos

U.S. clinch Davis Cup with Bryan brothers win
China cheers first Miss World title - Video
Mirren wins best actress at European Film Awards
Osbourne charity sale reaps $800,000
Stocks' recovery turns on subprime plan
Dow, S&P 500 gain on housing plan as Nasdaq dips - Video
Dollar rallies on month-end deals as yen stumbles
Dell shares tumble on profitability concerns
Homebuilder shares up on hope for subprime deal
Bear market fears ease, for now
E*Trade firesale seen hurting portfolios
Mortgage industry hashes out rate-freeze plan
Agility eyes $10 bln Saudi rail project: report
Treasury near subprime aid deal
Motorola CEO Zander to be replaced by COO Brown
Exit of Cruz leaves few women execs on Wall Street
Starbucks plans 2nd farm support center in Rwanda

AP World News
Sooners destroy Mizzou's BCS title hopes
Curse of No. 2 alive; Buckeyes in mix
Kennedy Center honors for 5
West Va. stunner opens door for Ohio St.
Miles, LSU rally past Vols for SEC title
Acrobats, fire dancers fuel circus craze

CENTCOM: News Releases

Capability development leadership to change
More about Capability Development
USJFCOM readies for Joint Task Force Senior Medical Leadership Seminar - podcast
USJFCOM garners cutting edge technology award - podcast
New USJFCOM super computer will enhance command efforts - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Prominent Sheik Hosts Reconciliation Meeting
Muthanna Governor Thanks Army Corps Engineers for Work in his Province
Roadside bomb targets MND-B patrol (Baghdad)
4 suspects detained in Rashid
Coalition forces target car-bombers, assassins, kidnappers; one killed, 16 detained
Concerned Local Citizens, Coalition Forces secure 3 weapons caches
Coalition forces capture two targeted suspects; disrupt criminal network

Pilot Program Saves Time, Speeds Veterans' Benefits
Bush Visits Pentagon, Speaks On Defense Budget Shortfall - Photos - Video
Army Funds Crunch Would Affect Installations Worldwide

Soldiers’ Trust Contributes to Success
SWAT Unit Targets Bomb-Making Cells
Business Leaders Help Revitalize Iraq
Mosul Passenger Terminal Ready for Flights

Afghan Security Forces Prove Themselves
Medical Outreach Treats 450 Afghans

Navy Claims Sixth Straight Victory Over Army
Sealift of Life-Saving MRAP Vehicles Begins
Pentagon’s Homeland Defense Office Matures
Military Must Understand, Master Change

Bangladeshis Thank U.S. Sailors, Marines
Experience Lends Lessons to Bangladesh Relief

Chef Happiest at Sea

Online Treasure Hunt
Holiday Gifts for Troops

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

Today in History
1620 – In Amsterdam, the English language newspaper "Namloos" begins publishing.
1682 – The English Earl of Shaftesbury flees to Amsterdam.
1763 - Touro shul of Newport, RI (the oldest existing U.S. synagogue) is dedicated.
1777 - British General Howe plots an attack on Washington's army for December 4.
1790 – The Austrian army occupies Brussels.
1802 – The English sell Suriname to the Dutch.
1804 – In Paris, Pope Pius VII crowns Napoleon Bonaparte the first emperor of France.
1805 - Napoleon defeats the Russians and Austrians at Austerlitz.
1812 - James Madison is re-elected President of the U.S.
1816 - The first savings bank in the U.S. opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society).
1822 - In San Salvador, a congress proposes incorporation into the U.S.
1823 - President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine."
1840 - William H. Harrison is elected President of the U.S.
1848 - Franz Josef I becomes emperor of Austria and King of Hungary.
1852 – The second French empire is established; Louis Napoleon becomes emperor.
1864 - Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church, GA.
1868 – The first British government of Disraeli resigns.
1887 - French President Grévy resigns.
1891 – The 52nd Congress (1891-93) convenes.
1895 – The 54th Congress (1895-97) convenes.
1899 – The U.S. and Germany agree to divide Samoa between them.
1901 - King Camp Gillette begins selling safety razor blades.
1908 – At age 3, Pu Yi (Hsuan-T'ung) becomes China's Last Emperor.
1914 - The Austrian army occupies Belgrade, Serbia.
1924 – A British-German trade agreement is signed.
1927 – The first Model A Fords are sold, for $385 each.
1939 – British Imperial Airways and British Airways merge to form BOAC; New York's La Guardia Airport begins operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight.
1941 – Naval Intelligence ceases bugging Japanese consul; Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor.
1942 – The first controlled nuclear chain reaction occurs under the supervision of Enrico Fermi at the University of Chicago.
1943 – The first RSHA transport out of Vienna reaches the Birkenau camp.
1944 - General De Gaulle arrives in Moscow; German troops seize the Betuwse dikes, the U.S. 95th Infantry Division occupies the bridge at Saar.
1952 – For the first time, a human birth is publicly televised (KOA-TV, Denver, CO).
1954 – The U.S. Senate censures Joe McCarthy (Senator-WI) for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."
1956 - Fidel Castro lands with "Granma" on the coast of Cuba.
1957 – The first U.S. full-scale atomic electric power plant starts generating power at Shippingport, PA.
1958 – The Benelux treaty is signed by Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
1959 – In France, the Malpasset dam collapses, destroying the Riviera town of Frejus.
1961 - Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist and will lead Cuba to Communism.
1963 – The first Dutch rocket is launched; it reaches a height of 10 km.
1968 - President Nixon names Henry Kissinger as security advisor.
1969 – the Boeing 747 jumbo jet is first previewed to the public (Seattle WA to New York NY).
1970 – The Environmental Protection Agency begins (Director: William Ruckelshaus).
1971 - Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujeira, Sharjah and Umm ak Qiwain form the United Arab Emirates; Abu Dhabi’s Zayid bin Sultan Al Nuhayyah becomes President; the U.S.S.R.’s Mars-3 is the first to soft-land on the red planet.
1972 – The "December Giant" - largest sinkhole in the U.S. - collapses (Alabama).
1974 - Soyuz-16 is launched into Earth orbit for 6 days.
1975- Laos falls to communist forces; King Sisavang Vatthana resigns, the Lao People's Democratic Republic is proclaimed.
1975 - 7 South Moluccans hijack a train at Wijster Drente, killing 3.
1978 - Chanting "Allah is great,” anti-Shah protesters pour through Tehran.
1979 - Crowds attack the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya.
1980 - 4 American Maryknoll nuns are killed by death squads in El Salvador.
1981 – The Spanish government requests membership in NATO.
1982 – At the University of Utah, the first permanent artificial heart (the Jarvic-7) is successfully implanted in retired dentist Barney Clark; he lives 112 days.
1985 - Philipine Chief of staff General Fabian speaks of B. Aquino's murder.
1988 - 5 gunmen who hijacked a Soviet Aeroflot jet surrender in Israel; the STS-27 (Atlantis) is launched on a secret military mission; the U.N. votes to move the PLO debate to Geneva (151-2; the U.S. and Israel voted no, Britain abstains).
1989 - Vishwanath Pratap Singh is sworn in as President of India.
1990 – The first parliamentary election is held in newly reunified Germany; the U.S.’ 69th manned space mission (STS-35 - Columbia 11) launches into orbit.
1991 – Shiite Muslims release American Joseph Cicippio, held hostage in Lebanon.
1993 – The Space Shuttle STS-61 (Endeavor-5) launches.
1994 – The former Achille Lauro, now the Willem Ruys, sinks off the coast of Somalia; a jury finds Heidi Fleiss guilty of running a call girl ring.

- Ferdinando Galiani, Italian economist/philosopher/diplomat
1802 - Melancthon Smith Wade, Union Brigadier-General
1821 - Rufus Barringer, Confederate Brigadier-General
1825 - Pedro II van Alcantara, Emperor of Brazil (1831-89)
1837 - Charles Garrison Harker, Union Brigadier-General
1846 - Pierre M Waldeck-Rousseau, French Minister of Foreign affairs / premier
1885 - George Minot, American physician, worked on anemia (Nobel 1934); Níkos Kazantazakís, writer (Zorba, Last Temptation of Christ)
1902 - Horace A. Hildreth. (Gov-ME, 1945-49)
1906 - Peter Carl Goldmark, developed color TV and LP records
1908 - Robert F Simon, actor (Custer, MASH)
1915 - Randolph Hearst, newspaper publisher
1924 - Alexander Haig, Jr., U.S. Secretary of State (1981-82) / general
1929 - Jaap Boersma, Dutch Minister for Social Affairs (ARP)
1931 - Edwin Meese III, U.S. Attorney General (1985-88)
1946 - Gianni Versace, fashion designer (Versace)
1954 - Stone Phillips, news host (NBC Dateline)
1981 - Britney Jean Spears, singer (Oops I Did It Again)

0537 – Sylvester, Italian Pope (536-37)
1463 - Albrecht VI, archduke of Habsburg, dies
1515 - Gonzalo de Córdoba, Spanish general/strategist/viceroy of Naples
1592 - Alexander Farnese, land guardian of Netherlands (1579-92)
1723 – Philip, French duke of Orléans /regent (1715-23) / PM (1723)
1814 - Marquis de Sade, writer
1859 - John Brown, U.S. abolitionist, hanged in Charles Town, WV
1864 - Archibald Gracie, Jr., Confederate Brigadier-General, in battle at age 31
1919 - Henry Clay Frick, builder of the largest coke and steel operation
1935 - Albert Kessel, first to die in the California gas chamber
1944 – J.W. Ummels, Dutch resistance fighter (House of Saxon-Nazi)
1967 - Cardinal Francis Spellman, archbishop of New York
1969 - Kliment J Voroshilov, President of U.S.S.R. (1953-60)
1972 - Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe General
1981 - Nicolaas "Cola" Debrot, Governor of Dutch Antilles (1962-70); Wallace K. Harrison, U.S. architect (U.N.)
1982 - Marty Feldman, comedic actor (Young Frankenstein), of a heart attack at age 49
1986 - Desi Arnaz, actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), of lung cancer
1990 - Aaron Copland, composer (Fanfare for the Common Man)

Reported Missing in Action

Austin, Carl Benjamin, USN (OR); F4B shot down (pilot), KIA, body not recovered

Logan, Jacob Drummond, USN (WA); F4B shot down (aircrew); KIA, body not recovered

Roberts, Gerald Ray, USN (TX); A1H shot down, KIA, remains returned 1993 – 1994, ID’d October, 1996

The following personnel reported MIA in one incident – two from a SF team, and two during an extraction attempt when their UH1H was shot down:

Bott, Russell P., US Army SF (MA)

Dyer, Irby III, US Army SF (TX); KIA in the UH1D (medic)

Stark, Willie E., US Army SF (NE)

Sulander, Daniel A., US Army (MN); KIA in the UH1D (crew)

Also reported MIA this day in 1966:
Berger, James R., USAF (OH); F4C shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 – retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive as of 1998

Burns, Donald R., USAF (TX); F4C shot down (weapons/systems officer, w/Ducat), released by DRV March, 1973 – retired as a Colonel – deceased April, 1996

Cordier, Kenneth W., USAF (OH); F4C shot down (pilot, w/ Lane), released by DRV March, 1973 – retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Ducat, Bruce C., USAF (MD); F4C shot down (pilot, w/Burns), SRV returned remains to PCOM March, 1977

Gregory, Robert R., USAF (MO); RF4C shot down, remains returned March, 1988 – ID’d June, 1988

Lane, Michael C., USAF (FL); F4C shot down (weapons/systems officer, w/Cordier), released by DRV February, 1973 – alive and well as of 1998

McRae, David Edward, USN (GA); F4B shot down (pilot, w/ Rehman), likely KIA

Moorberg, Monte Larue, USAF (NE); F105D shot down, KIA, remains returned August, 1985

Nystrom, Bruce A., USN (OH); A4C shot down (in same incident w/Worrell), likely KIA

Rehmann, David G., USN (CA); F4B shot down (w/McRae), released by DRV February, 1973 – retired as a Lieutenant - alive and well as of 1998

Stutz, Leroy W., USAF (KS); RF4C shot down (w/Gregory), released by DRV March, 1973 – retired as a Colonel alive and well as of 1998

Worrell, Paul L., USN (PA); A4C shot down (in same incident w/Nystrom), remains returned August, 1965

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1D was shot down:
Crosby, Richard A., (WA); door gunner

Leeper, Wallace W., (CO); aircraft commander

Moreida, Manuel J., (TX); crewchief

Strange, Floyd W., (CA); co-pilot

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1B was shot down:

Dunlap, William C., (AZ); pilot, remains ID’d February, 1990

Sanderlin, William D., (TX); crewchief, remains ID’d February, 1990

Shanley, Michael H., Jr., (CA); gunner, remains returned March, 1990; mother did not accept ID
Vanden Eykel, Martin D. II, (IL); aircraft commander, ID’d February, 1990 (disputed)

Shine, Anthony C., USAF (NY); A7D shot down, remains returned September, 1996

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