Porovich, Steve, SMSgt

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Last Rank
Senior Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
77190-Air Police Superintendent
Last AFSC Group
Security Police
Primary Unit
1972-1972, 77190, 377th Security Police Squadron
Service Years
1944 - 1972
Senior Master Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tucson, AZ
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut AB

Casualty Date
Apr 21, 1972
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Heart Attack
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
South Lawn Memorial Cemetery - Tucson, Arizona
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 005

 Official Badges 

Air Force Air Police WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Tan Son Nhut AssociationVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1972, Tan Son Nhut Association [Verified]
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)
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This period was from March 30, 1972-January 28, 1973.
0n  March 30, 1972, the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong opened a 3-
pronged offensive,   with the intention of defeating the Republic of
Vietnam and reuniting Vietnam under a Communist regime, in a con-
ventional attack supported with artillery and tarnks, the North Vietnamese
crossed the DMZ into Quang Tri Province, occupying Quang Tri, the
provincial capital, on May 1 and attacking Hue. In a second thrust, the
Communists invaded the Central Highlands from Laos, isolating Kontum
and cutting the highway between Pleiku and Qui Nhon. On April 5
North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces crossed the border from Cambo-
dia in the third phase of the offensive, capturing Loc Ninh on April 6 and
besieging An Loc. By May 8, however, the enemy offensive had stalled;
on June 10 the Communists withdrew from Kontum and on the 26th
from An Loc. Two days later the Nonh Vietnamese retreated from
Quang Tri, and on June 30 the South Vietnamese reopened the road to

U.S. air power contributed significantly to the battle. Although the
USAF had reduced its forces in Southeast Asia to half of those present in
mid-1968, it moved quickly to augment them. U.S. Navy. Marine. and
Army aviation elements joined the USAF to provide airlift. interdiction.
tactical reconnaissance, and close air support for the South Vietnamese.
A week after the Communist offensive began. on April 6. the United
States resumed systematic, sustained bombing of military and industrial
targets in North Vietnam as far north as the 20th parallel. The next day
Gen. John W. Vogt. Jr., USAF, became the Seventh Air Force Com-
mander. On May 4 South Vietnamese and U.S. leaders suspended peace
negotiations in Paris, and 4 days later, the United States imposed a naval
blockade of North Vietnam, mining harbors at Haiphong, Vinh, and
elsewhere along the coast. The United States also initiated LINEBACKER
on May 8 - 1 of the largest air campaigns of the war. Targets included
the rebuilt Paul Dourner Bridge in Hanoi, the Thanh Hoa Bridge, rail
lines, a petroleum pipeline from China to Hanoi. power plants. marshal-
ing yards, and other strategic and tactical objectives throughout North
Vietnam. During Linebacker, on June 28. Gen. Frederick C. Weyand.
USA, became the Commander of MACV.

Peace negotiations, suspended for two weeks, resurned in Paris on July
13, Anticipating a successful conclusion to the renewed peace talks. the
United States halted the bombing of North Vietnsn above the 20th
parallel as of October 23. But when negotiations stalled, the United
States conducted an intensive aerial offensive, LINEBACKER ll, from
December 18 to 30, against North Vietnam. B-52s and USAF and Navy
tactical aircraft bombed Hanoi and Haiphong and their environs around
the clock, concentrating on such targets as railyards, power plants,
communication facilities, air defense radars, SAM and antiaircraft gun
sites, petroleum tank farms, shipping facilities, ammunition dumps, and
MiG bases. On December 30, after peace talks resumed, the United
States again ceased bombing north of the 20th parallel.

On January 23, 1973, North Vietnam and the United States agreed to a
cease-fire, effective within 5 days. Part of the agreement called for the
North Vietnamese to release prisoners of war while the United States
withdrew completely from South Vietnam. From February 12 to March
29, following the Vietnam Ceasefire, North Vietnam released 565
American POWs. ln OPERATION HOMECOMING, the 9th Aeromedical
Evacuation Group flew the POWs from Hanoi to Clark Air Base in the

After the Vietnam Ceasefire Campaign, the Royal Laotian government
signed a cease-fire agreement with the Pathet Lao on February 21, 1973.
USAF B-52s. nevertheless, flew missions against Communist forces in
Cambodia until August 15, 1973, when the U.S. Congress mandated an
end to U.S. bombing in Southeast Asia.

The fighting had ended for American forces, but the Communists,
resupplied and reequipped, soon escalated the ground war throughout
Southeast Asia. Within 2 years, on April 17. 1975. the Khmer Rouge
occupied all of Cambodia. On April 30 North Vietnam conquered South
Vietnam and unified the country. And on December 3, 1975, the Pathet
Lao seized power in Laos, marking an end to - an era of U.S. influence
in Southeast Asia.  
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  • Archie, Charles E., Lt Col
  • Arcuri, William Youl, Capt, (1965-1976)
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  • Clark, Robert, Sgt, (1971-1974)
  • Cleapor, James, Sgt, (1972-1976)
  • Clement, Robert A., 1st Lt
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