Podhajsky, Norbert Albert, Capt

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Primary Unit
1970-1970, 311th Troop Carrier Squadron
Service Years
1967 - 1970

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
rural Toledo

Casualty Date
Nov 29, 1970
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Ninh Thuan (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Holy Trinity Cemetery - Vining, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
06W 094

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
315th Tactical Airlift Wing7th Air Force311th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1970-1970, 315th Tactical Airlift Wing
  1970-1970, 7th Air Force
  1970-1970, 311th Troop Carrier Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
University of Iowa
  1962-1966, University of Iowa
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-123 Provider  
  1970-1970, C-123 Provider
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Capt Podhajsky received his B.S. degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 1966 and was commissioned in April, 1967, following graduation from Officers Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas.

Captain Norbert Podhajsky served as a pilot with the 311th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 315th tactical Airlift Wing. His tour began on 7 February 1970.

On this occasion on 29 November 1970, he was a pasenger aboard a C-123K (# 54-0649) "Bookie 540" carrying 44 people, (32 U.S. Military and 12 South Vietnamese) from Phan Rang AB.  The aircraft was lost during the final days of his tour of duty in Viet Nam during bad weather. The aircraft crashed into a hill at about 2700 feet while on approach 10-15 miles south of Cam Ranh Bay AB, RVN.
There were American 2 survivors.  The other personnel were lost on impact, and were recovered between 12-16 December 1970. Two ARVN survivors were found 5 days later walking toward a road. Capt Vincent Fairbrother and Sgt Gary Aldredge  survived and found 7 days after crash. 

Those Men:
Capt Cecil Gerald Moyer Jr, USAF, pilot
1Lt James Francis Saxby, USAF, copilot
SSgt Grayson Henry Newberry, USAF, aircrew
SSgt Harry Allen Watson, USAF, aircrew
Capt Norbert Albert Podhajsky, USAF, aircrew

Sgt Jack Ronald Gibbs, Army
TSgt Bruce Robert Johnson, USAF
Sgt James Edward Stubblefield, USAF
SMSgt Bobby Darel Seay, USAF
SSgt James Cecil Starnes, USAF
1Lt Elmon C. Caudill III, USAF
1Lt Jon Marc King, USAF
Pvt Gary Anderson, Army
A1c James Bruce Young, USAF
CWO Franklin D. Defenbaugh, Army
SP4 Samuel A. Grayson III, Army
SP4 Charles A.  Johnson, Army
SP4 Donald Anthony Slate, Army
1Lt Charles Louis Kollenberg, USAF
Sgt Ronnie Carl Teschendorf, USAF
SP4 George Beedy, Army
Sgt Billy Jack Hogan Jr, USAF
Sgt Raymond Henry Gray, Army
Sgt Joseph Carlton Blackwell, Army
PFC Joseph Arthur Jacques, Army
PFC Arthur John Menn, Army
SP4 Ronald Raphael Greenhouse, Army
SSgt Ralph Stephen Guck, USAF
Capt William Daniel Kennedy III, Army
Capt Robert Joseph Polniak, Army

Captain Podhajsky was interred at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Vining, Tama County, Iowa.
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Crew and passenger names linked to: http://www.bswett.com/RVN/Bookie540.html

Note: His mother, Agnes, passed away on 12 March 2014.  His father, Albert, 1 April 1966.
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