|Birth: ||Apr. 23, 1943|
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 1968, Vietnam|
Name: Steven Wayne Heitman
Rank/Branch: E5/US Army
Unit: H & H Troop; 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry; 1st Cavalry Division
Date of Birth: 23 April 1943
Home City of Record: Indianapolis IN
Date of Loss: 13 March 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 163650N 1072618E (YD601383)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel In Incident: Cleveland Evans; Jimmy L. Watson (both missing)
On March 13, 1968, SP5 Heitman, Sgt. Evans, passengers, WO Jimmy Watson, pilot, SFC Eugene Gubbins, PFC Larry Moore and Lt. Purda,
crewmembers and 4 unidentified passengers of the 101st Airborne Division
were aboard a UH1H helicopter (tail #67-17254) which proceeded north from Phu Bai airfield on a logistics mission to Camp Evans, Republic of Vietnam.
About 3-5 miles southeast of Camp Evans, the helicopter was hit by enemy fire and was forced to land. All 10 persons exited the aircraft and split into two 5-man teams in an attempt to evade to friendly lines.
Lt. Purda and the four 101st Airborne personnel walked into Camp Evans at 2000 hours. An intensive search was initiated, but failed to reveal any trace of the aircraft or the 5 missing. On March 28, elements of the 1st
Cavalry Division found 2 bodies in a shallow grave in the area of the crash site. They were later identified as those of SFC Gubbins and PFC Moore. The fates of the other 3 remained a mystery and the three were classified
Missing in Action.
Viet Nam War Memorial; Panel 44E Line 039
Body lost or destroyed
Created by: Mike
Record added: May 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70242150
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See ya later, Air Dogs.|
Added: May. 22, 2011