|Birth: ||Dec. 11, 1943|
New Haven County
|Death: ||Feb. 18, 1966|
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
Ho Chi Minh Municipality, Vietnam
Born on December 11, 1943 in Waterbury, Conn., Army Second Lieutenant Carol Ann Drazba, RN, grew up in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, where she dreamed of becoming a nurse.
While a student at the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing, she realized it was her mission to go over to Vietnam to minister to sick, wounded and dying soldiers. On October 13, 1965, Drazba began her tour of duty in Vietnam and worked tirelessly for the next six months fulfilling what she believed to be her life's mission.
It was when she was on her way for her first rest period after arriving in Vietnam that she and another nurse, Army Second Lieutenant Elizabeth Ann Jones, RN, were killed on February 18, 1966 when the UH-1B Huey helicopter #64-14188 crashed when it hit high tension wires about seven miles northwest of Bien Hoa Airfield, about 20 miles away from Tan Son Nhut Airbase, which is where the flight took off from.
Five other people were killed with Drazba and Jones: Capt. Thomas W. Stasko, Lt. Col. Charles M.M. Honour, Capt. Albert Merriman Smith, crew chief Gary R. Artman and gunner Christopher J. Lantz.
Drazba graduated from Dunmore High School in 1961 and from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing in 1964. The 1966 Dunmore High School yearbook is dedicated to her memory.
Only eight American military nurses were killed in Vietnam and Drazba and Jones were the first two of the eight.
Drazba's name lies on Panel 05E, Line 046, on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C..
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Cemetery
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Record added: May 31, 2011
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