Jon Keith BodahlMajor
34TH TFS, 388TH TFW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
18 December 1937 - 30 May 1974
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The database page for Jon Keith Bodahl
I wear a POW/MIA bracelet bearing the name of Major Jon Keith Bodahl.
Notes from The Virtual Wall11 and 12 November 1969 were hard times for the Air Force's Thailand-based squadrons - five aircraft and five aircrewmen were lost:
"A SAR helicopter was sent to search for possible survivors just in case Capt Tucci or Major Dennany [from F-4D 66-8718] had been able to escape from their aircraft. The helicopter was damaged by ground fire and a flight of F-4Es from Korat arrived to provide cover for the rescue forces. Unfortunately, one of the Phantoms was shot down by 37-mm anti-aircraft fire near Ban Senphan and the crew was killed."The POW Network and Task Force Omega biographies are cast in doubt because there is no record of an Army helicopter (or, for that matter, anyone's helicopter) going down in Laos on 11/12 November 1969. Hobson's account is bolstered by the fact that two Air Force rescue helicopters (HH-3E tail number 65-12785 and HH-53C tail number 68-8286) are known to have been damaged on 12 Nov 69 while conducting SAR in the Lao/NVN border region.
In either case, Packard 01 was on the ground and further SAR efforts began. The 6th Special Ops Squadron at Pleiku contributed A-1 Skyraiders to the effort, and one of those aircraft was lost: Major Gerald R Helmich, in A-1H tail number 52-139821, went down about a mile south of Ban Senphan. Unfortunately, there was no evidence that any of the three men - Bodahl, Smith, or Helmich - had managed to get out of their aircraft.
Although search and rescue efforts continued throughout the day, at sundown on 12 November 1969 five aircrewmen were missing:
It is noteworthy that Helmich's biography on Task Force Omega states that the search for 'Owl 07' was an entirely separate matter, and that Helmich had returned to Pleiku before launching on a second SAR mission in support of the search for Bodahl and Smith.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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