James Robert Klimo

Sergeant First Class
Army of the United States
28 December 1949 - 27 September 1978
Muskegon, Michigan
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Army Aircrew

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for James Robert Klimo

29 Nov 2001

On November 4, 1969, WO Terry L. Alford, aircraft commander; WO1 Jim R. Cavender, pilot; SP4 John A. Ware, crew chief; and SP4 James R. Klimo, door gunner, were flying a series of combat support missions in a UH-1H helicopter (serial #67-19512) in South Vietnam. WO Alford was returning to his base at Nha Trang from Duc Lap at about 1920 hours when he made his last known radio contact with the 48th Aviation Company Operations at Ninh Hoa. Either the pilot or aircraft commander gave his approximate location as Duc My Pass, and stated he was in the clouds and instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). Shortly afterwards, the controller at Ninh Hoa heard a radio transmission that WO1 Alford was in trouble. The pilot reported, inexplicably, that the helicopter was flying upside down.

The helicopter is not believed to have been shot at. Search efforts were conducted for six consecutive days, but nothing was found.

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A memorial from his unit association,
281st Assault Helicopter Company Association

4 Dec 2004

I have worn a bracelet with the
name SP6 James R Klimo since 1973.
I still wear it today and am
proud to do so!

Teri Baker
Battle Ground, WA

14 Sep 2005

I also wore a bracelet with James Klimo's name on it back in the early 70's. I still have the original bracelet, but it broke some years back. I ordered a replacement bracelet which I now wear every September during the week of POW/MIA remembrance day. Whenever I see a news report about someone's remains being repatriated from Vietnam, I look for James's name, and I join his family in praying that some day he and his fellow crewmen will come home...

Fred Prisley
Tampa, Florida

26 Jun 2007

I wore a POW/MIA bracelet with Jame Klimo's name on it while I was stationed at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Denver.

In the fall of 1998 I left it under James's name on the Wall in Washington DC with a note to SGT Klimo.

Ruth Kahrs Gervat
(1LT AMSC 1972-1975)
Westwood, New Jersey 07675
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06 Aug 2007

Not a day goes by without my thinking of James and all the MIAs waiting to come home. SP5 James Klimo has been on my right wrist since 1973. None of you will ever be forgotten.

Bix Belden
Springfield, Massachussetts

25 Oct 2007

My mother also has a bracelet and I am trying to help her contact the family. She wants to send the bracelet to the family. I would really appreciate any information, or if you are family, to have his wife, parents, or children please e-mail me for information. I'd like to mail the braclet back to the family that it belongs to.

Stephanie Smith
Fort Wayne, Indiana

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his unit association,
281st Assault Helicopter Company Association

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 29 Nov 2001
Last updated 02/06/2008