Craig Louis HagenSergeant
118TH AVN CO, 145TH AVN BN, MACV
Army of the United States
14 September 1940 - 10 June 1965
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I didn't know my father, I was only 20 months old when he was lost. I know he loved me, and I know he especially loved playing with me in the ocean in Hawaii. I hope to some day have the opportunity to know him through others. Anyone who can help can reach me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
A Note from The Virtual WallA Special Forces camp was established at Dong Xoai, a district capital in Phuoc Long Province, in late May 1965. Dong Xoai lay astride a Viet Cong supply route from Cambodia into War Zone D. At about 11 PM on the night of 9 June, the SVN forces around Dong Xoai were attacked by the 762nd and 763rd VC Regiments. Beginning about 11:30 PM the camp came under heavy mortar and ground attack and was overrun.
South Vietnamese and US advisory relief forces were alerted. The first to arrive was an advisory team airlifted from Tan Son Nhut air base near Saigon. The team was aboard a UH-1B helicopter (serial 63-08557) from the 118th Aviation Company. US personnel included
Captain Johnson, an advisor to the South Vietnamese Army's 5th Infantry Division, reported to another helicopter in the area that the UH-1B's crew and all others on board were dead and his position was receiving incoming enemy mortar fire. There was no further transmission from Captain Johnson after the end of the mortar fire. A later search of the area failed to produce any sign of the seven servicemen. Villagers stated that the Viet Cong had carried away the bodies of 7 Americans and had buried them.
Although the other six men could be classed as Killed in Action based on Captain Johnson's verbal report, Johnson himself was carried as Missing in Action. On 27 Feb 1978, the Secretary of the Army issued a Presumptive Finding of Death for Bruce Johnson, who had been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel while in MIA status. As of 08 Feb 2008 the remains of the seven Americans have not been repatriated.
Sergeant Hagen's Letter of Condolences file at the LBJ Library contains the notation that he was on a temporary duty assignment as a door gunner with the 118th Avn Co; his permanent duty station was the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii.
A total of 18 US servicemen died in the attack; the other eleven were
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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 03 Feb 2008
Last updated 02/09/2008