Richard John Schell

Army of the United States
24 July 1944 - 05 July 1977
Minneiska, Minnesota
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National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Richard J Schell

Combat Infantry

The database page for Richard John Schell

25 May 2001


by a friend,
Dennis Benson

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On August 24, 1967, a UH-1C helicopter (serial #66-12526) departed Polei Kleng enroute Plei Krong on a combat support liaison mission. Four aircrewmen and five passengers were aboard the aircraft. During the flight, the pilot elected to fly low-level along the Dak Bla River. While attempting a 180 degree turn, the aircraft failed to recover and crashed into the Krong Bo Lah River in about 10 feet of water. Rescue helicopters arrived within minutes after the crash and rescued four people; one body was recovered later. Four bodies were not recovered.

There is inconclusive evidence that two of the missing men may have been captured (see the page). The only certainty is that Richard Schell has not returned. The five men lost were

  • Aircrew, 119th AHC:
    • SP4 Richard M. Allard, Chesaning, MI (BNR)
    • SP4 Ronald L. Holtzman, White Post, VA (BNR)

  • Passengers:
    • 1LT Kenneth B. Goff, Warwick, RI, 1st Bn, 8th Infantry, 4 Inf Div (BNR)
    • 1LT Richard J. Schell, Minneiska, MN, HHC, 4th Inf Div (BNR)
    • 1LT Sterling A. Wall, Brookline, MA, Det A-251, B Co, 5th SF Grp
All of the missing personnel (Goff, Schell, Allard, and Holtzman) were promoted while MIA, and all eventually were declared to have "Died while Missing/Body not Recovered".

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