Closing the Flight Plan

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Michael A. Diraimondo, Christopher A. Golby, Philip A. Johnson, Jr., and Ian D. Manuel

The Department of Defense announced the deaths of four DUSTOFF soldiers who were killed when their UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed Jan. 8 near Fallujah, Iraq. The soldiers were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and members of the 571st Medical Company out of Fort Carson, CO. SPC  Michael A. Diraimondo, 22, of Simi Valley, Calif.; SPC Christopher …

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Robert Upchurch

Robert “Don” Upchurch (DUSTOFF 78) passed away 19 Dec 03 in Indianapolis IN. Served as DUSTOFF pilot with 57th Med Det, Republic of Vietnam ,1970-1971. Call sign DUSTOFF 78. Was employed by the Veterans Administration as a counselor to fellow veterans. Survived by wife Janet, and 4 children.

Bob Cowgill

Bob Cowgill, the sole remaining pilot who flew 70 soldiers to safety during the WW II Ivory Soap rescues in the Philippines died June 13, 2003. Ivory Soap was the project during World War II that took Liberty Ships and outfitted them to conduct aviation repair. During June of 1945, five aviators flew Sikorsky R-4’s …

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CPT Kim Jon Strader

BIRTH 28 Apr 1947Delta, Millard County, Utah, USA DEATH 17 Sep 1988 (aged 41)San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA BURIAL Delta Cemetery, Delta, Millard County, Utah, USA 1st Lt. Strader was on Medevac standby in a Black Hawk helicopter at the Ramstein airshow when three Italian Jets collided in mid-air.  One of those Jets then crashed into his …

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