Abramoff, Arthur John, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 1115A, 504th Tactical Air Control Group
Service Years
1963 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Margate, NJ
Last Address
Nha Trang Air Base

Casualty Date
Jan 20, 1967
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Rodef Shalom Cemetery - Cardiff, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
14E 056

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
21st Tactical Air Support Squadron504th Tactical Air Control Group
  1966-1967, 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1966-1967, 1115A, 504th Tactical Air Control Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
New York University
  1959-1963, New York University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-28 Trojan  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  T-38 Talon  O-1/L-19 Bird Dog  
  1963-1964, T-28 Trojan
  1963-1965, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1964-1965, T-38 Talon
  1966-1967, O-1/L-19 Bird Dog
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  Promotion to 1LT1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
  24th Special Tactical Zone: Mar 20, 2012

  The 24th Special Tactical Zone (24STZ) comprised Pleiku and Kontum provinces (in II corps), Athwart the tri-border area of South Vietnam.  Our U.S. Air Force and Army units supported South Vietnamese forces in opposing both local Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army infiltration via the Ho Chi Minh Trail to our west.  1Lt. Arthur J. Abramoff  joined us at Kontum, capital city of the largest province in South Vietnam, in November 1966.  His Forward Air Controller Callsign was Cagey 86.

   On his last mission, Art was marking a target for an air strike in the Dak Na Valley (north of Dak To) when he was hit by ground fire and crashed.  A lot of people converged on the area to attempt rescue.  A Vietnamese CH-34 helicopter was driven off by ground fire.  1Lt. E. DeVere Henderson took over as FAC on-the-scene, Lt. Cols. Gibson and Bradbury (in another 0-1) flew backup, Cpt. Kobylarz (in an Army 0-1) flew high to provide radio relay;  I was in our FAC radio shack back at our military compound, coordinating fighter support with headquarters at Pleiku.

   An Army UH-1 "Huey" helicopter, Black Cat 606 (piloted by Lt. "Hank" Rost and WO-1 Tom Woehl) picked up Arts injured Army observer (1Lt G.D. Hull) who was medivacked to Pleiku (and soon back to the U.S.).  Another "Huey", Mardi Gras 730 (piloted by Cpt Robert "Tom" Hooker and WO-1 Ken Wilson), carried FAC Maj. Vance Leuthold to the crashed 0-1G, where he confirmed Art was dead.  An Air Force H-43 "Dust Off" rescue chopper (supported by gunships) retrieved Art's body later that day.

   The above summary combines recollections primarly from DeVere Henderson, three of the four named Army "Huey" pilots (located during the past few years), the combat journal of Vance Leuthold(d.1994), plus my oun letters home at that time.

   January 20th of 1967 was the saddest day of my Vietnam tour.  I commemorated Art's tragic loss and its aftermath in a 1999 ballad entitled "A Death in the Dak Na Valley."  When our memorial to the (now) 220 FACs KIA in the Southeast Asia War was dedicated at Hurlburt AFB, Florida at our first Slow FACs' Reunion in Sept. 2000, "Arthur J Abramoff" was the first name read.

             From a fellow F A C,
                 Jonathan Myer
              0-1 "Bird Dog" FAC, 
          Cagey 82 (and covey 75)
    Kontum Province (and the DMZ)
         April 1966 thur Feb. 1967


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