|Name:||Paul Reid Frazier|
214th Aviation Battalion,
12th Aviation Group,
1st Aviation Brigade
|Date of Birth:||11 March 1949|
|Home of Record:||Madison, WI|
|Date of Loss:||03 September 1968|
|Country of Loss:||South Vietnam|
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|Status in 1973:||Killed/Body Not Recovered|
|Other Personnel In Incident:||(none missing)|
SYNOPSIS: By early 1967, the Bell UH1 Iroquois was already the standard Army assault helicopter, and was used in nearly every "in-country" mission. Better known by its nickname "Huey," the troop carriers were referred to as "slicks" and the gunships were called "Hogs." It proved itself to be a sturdy, versatile aircraft which was called on to carry out a wide variety of missions including search and rescue, close air support, insertion and extraction, fire support, and resupply to name a few. It usually carried a crew of four.
On 3 September 1968, Sgt. Paul R. Frazier was a crewman aboard a UH1C helicopter, (aircraft #66-66613), that was participating in a combat mission near Saigon. As the Huey flew low over the hotly contested countryside, it was struck by hostile ground fire, crashed and exploded on impact approximately 5 miles north of Can Duoc and 10 miles south of Saigon, Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam.
Numerous hamlets and villages of various sizes surrounded the area of loss. It was also laced with rivers, canals, waterways and rice fields. There were two primary roads running south from Saigon that bracketed the crash site. One was located 1 mile west of the helicopter's wreckage, and the other was 3 miles east of it.
Search and Recovery (SAR) operations were immediately initiated and American ground forces inspected the crash site within 4 to 8 hours of the crash. With the exception of Sgt. Frazier, the remains of the rest of the personnel aboard the Huey were recovered. Those remains were transported to a US military mortuary in Saigon where they were later identified and returned to the men's families for burial.
The crash site was inspected thoroughly on 7 and 8 May 1973 by a Graves Registration team from the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC) who confirmed the identification of this helicopter as being Sgt. Frazier's aircraft. No remains were found in or around the crash site during this search. At the time this SAR operation was terminated, Paul Frazier was listed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.
On 29 June 1973, nearly 5 years after his loss and 6 months after the end of the war, JCRC personnel determined that for Paul Frazier "no remains were recoverable as his remains were destroyed by explosive ordnance, aircraft fire or removal from site by other means." Further, JCRC recommended that no further operations be planned to recover Sgt. Frazier unless new information became available and that the case be closed.
Over the years several reports have been received by US government agencies pertaining to the location of remains that might relate to Sgt. Frazier; but to date no positive correlation has been made. Likewise, no remains have been recovered or identified as his.
There is no doubt Paul Frazier died in the loss of his Huey. However, by JCRC's evaluation of his record, there is a good possibility that his body was removed from the wreckage by either local villagers or communist forces and buried. Paul Frazier has a right to have his remains returned to his family, friends and country if at all possible.
For other Americans who remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, their fate could be quite different. Since the end of the Vietnam War well over 21,000 reports of American prisoners, missing and otherwise unaccounted for have been received by our government. Many of these reports document LIVE American Prisoners of War remaining captive throughout Southeast Asia TODAY.
American military men in Vietnam were called upon to fly and fight in many dangerous circumstances, and they were prepared to be wounded, killed or captured. It probably never occurred to them that they could be abandoned by the country they so proudly served.