Remains Returned 1993; ID'd Sept. 1995.
|James Devrin Carter
|174th Aviation Company, 14th Aviation Battalion
|Date of Birth (DOB):
|13 March 1947 (Kingsport TN)
|Home City of Record:
|13 June 1968
|Country of Loss:
|151120N 1085232E (BS718802)
|Status (in 1973):
|Killed/Body Not Recovered
|Other Personnel in Incident:
|Compiled by Homecoming II Project 30 June 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
|Remains Returned 1993; ID'd Sept. 1995
|James Carter was aboard a UH1D helicopter on a Command and Control mission on June 13, 1968 in South Vietnam. The aircraft landed, picked up passengers and departed to fly a visual reconnaissance mission near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The Operation Center at Duc Pho near Da Nang, South Vietnam, that was controlling the flight received a report that Carter's aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with a U.S. Air Force O2 aircraft. The helicopter and the O2 crashed.
Another helicopter crew in the area observed Carter's helicopter impact with the ground and stated that they did not see anyone escape from the site. The aircraft was burning.
Another element from an infantry unit was airlifted to the crash site and could find no survivors at either site. A maintenance aircraft arrived and assisted in the search. No remains were recovered that could be associated with Carter. On subsequent searches, the remains of the pilot of the O2, Major Brenner, and the crew of the UH1D were recovered, but Carter's remains were never located.
Carter is one of nearly 2500 Americans who remain unaccounted for from American involvement in the Vietnam War. Since the end of the war, thousands of reports have been received that have convinced many experts that hundreds of Americans are still alive, held captive in Southeast Asia. Whether Carter survived the crash of his helicopter is not certain. Apparently he did not. But one can imagine he would proudly fly one more mission to recover those Americans that the country he served has abandoned.
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|JAMES DEVRIN CARTER
WO - W1 - Army - Reserve
21 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Date of Birth - Mar 13, 1947
From CLARKSTON, MICHIGAN
His tour of duty began on Jun 13, 1968
Casualty was on Jun 13, 1968 in QUANG NGAI, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - CREW AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
Religion - ROMAN CATHOLIC
Panel 57W - - Line 7
Source: The VietNam Veterans' Memorial Wall Page.
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