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LTC Robert Graham Nopp
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LTC Robert Graham Nopp Veteran

Birth
North Dakota, USA
Death
14 Jul 1966 (aged 31)
Attapeu, Laos
Monument
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA GPS-Latitude: 21.3136, Longitude: -157.84703
Plot
Courts of the Missing, Court B (Recovered)
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In Memory of ........ LTC Robert Graham Nopp.
*** Feb. 27, 2018 — Army Lt. Col. Robert G. Nopp, missing from the Vietnam War, has now been accounted for. Will be buried in October at Arlington National Cemetery.

*** Lieutenant Colonel Nopp was a member of 131st Aviation Company. On July 14, 1966, he was the pilot of a Grumman Mohawk Aircraft (OV-1C) on a night surveillance mission near Attopeu, Laos when contact was lost and he was declared Missing in Action. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

** Through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the remains of Lt. Col. Nopp were accounted for in 2018.
Contributor:
SBR

*** Also has another Cenotaph - Oregon Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon Plot: Cenotaph: A-MIA P-1 L-7.


You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!


ROBERT GRAHAM NOPP - Army - LTC - O5 1st AVN BDE
Age: 43
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Sept 19, 1934
From: SALEM, OR
Religion: METHODIST
Marital Status: Married - Patricia Ann Fahlstrom Nopp and Son, Scott Edwin Nopp, Born Feb. 23, 1966. Parents: Father, Clifford Nopp, Born 1907 in North Dakota and Died Sept. 8, 1960 in Salem Or. and Mother, Leona Mae Albin Nopp, Born, 19 April 1909, Berthold, Ward Co., ND. and Died Dec. 16, 1992 in Salem, Marion Co., OR. Sister, Joan and Mary Nopp.
* Maternal Grandparents: Grandfather, Alexander Foster Albin, Born 5 September 1877 and Died 3 June 1977.

***** United States Census, 1940
Name: Leona Nopp
Event Type: Census - 1940
Event Place: Ward 5, Salem, Salem Election Precinct 26, Marion, Oregon, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 30
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
Birthplace: North Dakota
Birth Year (Estimated): 1910
Last Place of Residence: Rural, Mchenry, North Dakota

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Clifford Nopp Head M 32 - YOUR DAD
Leona Nopp Wife F 30 - YOU MOM
Joan Nopp Daughter F 9 - YOUR SISTER
Mary Nopp Daughter F 6 - YOUR SISTER
Bob Nopp Son M 5 - Robert.. called Bob




His tour began on Jul 14, 1966
Casualty was on Dec 1, 1977
In LZ, LAOS
Non-Hostile, died missing, FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND

Body was not recovered
Panel 09E - Line 20


Other Personnel In Incident: Marshall F. Kipina (missing)


On 13 July 1966, then Capt. Robert G. Nopp, pilot, and PFC Marshall Kipina, observer/airborne sensor operator; comprised the crew of an OV1C aircraft (serial #612675), call sign "Iron Spud." The Mohawk departed Phu Bai Airbase on a classified single aircraft night surveillance mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

The last known voice and radar contact with the Mohawk was made at 2314 hours on 13 July. At that time there was no indication of trouble. Loosing radar contact with aircraft in this region of Laos was quite common due to the mountainous terrain.

When it was determined the aircraft was overdue. Location of the Mohawk approximately 25 miles southwest of city of Attopeu, Laos.

During SAR operations, no beepers were heard and no trace of the aircraft or it crew were found.

At the time the formal SAR effort was terminated, both Robert Nopp and Marshall Kipina were listed Missing in Action.

Further, because the US Army believed they disappeared sometime after midnight, their date of loss was established as 14 July 1966.

Aircraft became overdue and was never found.


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In April 1969, a CIA intelligence report, compiled a very detailed description of the Viet Cong's Huong Thuy District committee headquarters, along with details of a communist prison camp. Also included in this document was a list of 22 American POWs by name who were positively identified from pre-capture photographs.
An additional list of 32 Americans tentatively identified was also attached. The source stated that following the 1968 Tet offensive, prisoners were transferred from this camp to either North Vietnam or to an agricultural camp at an unknown location near the South Vietnam/Lao border.

Marshall Kipina was named as one of the 22 positively identified POWs. There was no indication if Robert Nopp was also incarcerated in this camp.

None of the families of those listed as positively or possibly identified Prisoners of War were ever told of this report until it was declassified in 1985 - some 17 years later.
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U.S. Army records list both Capt. Robert Graham Nopp and Kipina as part of the "131st Aviation Company, 14th Aviation Battalion", yet according to "Order of Battle" by Shelby Stanton, a widely recognized military source, this company was never assigned to the 14th Aviation Battalion. The 131st was known as "Nighthawks",and was a surveillance aircraft company.
********************
Capt. Nopp is listed as deceased in the Federal Division Research database. PFC Kipina is listed with "Live sighting; PW transit; Xepon River".
***************

.
In Memory of ........ LTC Robert Graham Nopp.
*** Feb. 27, 2018 — Army Lt. Col. Robert G. Nopp, missing from the Vietnam War, has now been accounted for. Will be buried in October at Arlington National Cemetery.

*** Lieutenant Colonel Nopp was a member of 131st Aviation Company. On July 14, 1966, he was the pilot of a Grumman Mohawk Aircraft (OV-1C) on a night surveillance mission near Attopeu, Laos when contact was lost and he was declared Missing in Action. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

** Through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the remains of Lt. Col. Nopp were accounted for in 2018.
Contributor:
SBR

*** Also has another Cenotaph - Oregon Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon Plot: Cenotaph: A-MIA P-1 L-7.


You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!


ROBERT GRAHAM NOPP - Army - LTC - O5 1st AVN BDE
Age: 43
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Sept 19, 1934
From: SALEM, OR
Religion: METHODIST
Marital Status: Married - Patricia Ann Fahlstrom Nopp and Son, Scott Edwin Nopp, Born Feb. 23, 1966. Parents: Father, Clifford Nopp, Born 1907 in North Dakota and Died Sept. 8, 1960 in Salem Or. and Mother, Leona Mae Albin Nopp, Born, 19 April 1909, Berthold, Ward Co., ND. and Died Dec. 16, 1992 in Salem, Marion Co., OR. Sister, Joan and Mary Nopp.
* Maternal Grandparents: Grandfather, Alexander Foster Albin, Born 5 September 1877 and Died 3 June 1977.

***** United States Census, 1940
Name: Leona Nopp
Event Type: Census - 1940
Event Place: Ward 5, Salem, Salem Election Precinct 26, Marion, Oregon, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 30
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
Birthplace: North Dakota
Birth Year (Estimated): 1910
Last Place of Residence: Rural, Mchenry, North Dakota

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Clifford Nopp Head M 32 - YOUR DAD
Leona Nopp Wife F 30 - YOU MOM
Joan Nopp Daughter F 9 - YOUR SISTER
Mary Nopp Daughter F 6 - YOUR SISTER
Bob Nopp Son M 5 - Robert.. called Bob




His tour began on Jul 14, 1966
Casualty was on Dec 1, 1977
In LZ, LAOS
Non-Hostile, died missing, FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND

Body was not recovered
Panel 09E - Line 20


Other Personnel In Incident: Marshall F. Kipina (missing)


On 13 July 1966, then Capt. Robert G. Nopp, pilot, and PFC Marshall Kipina, observer/airborne sensor operator; comprised the crew of an OV1C aircraft (serial #612675), call sign "Iron Spud." The Mohawk departed Phu Bai Airbase on a classified single aircraft night surveillance mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

The last known voice and radar contact with the Mohawk was made at 2314 hours on 13 July. At that time there was no indication of trouble. Loosing radar contact with aircraft in this region of Laos was quite common due to the mountainous terrain.

When it was determined the aircraft was overdue. Location of the Mohawk approximately 25 miles southwest of city of Attopeu, Laos.

During SAR operations, no beepers were heard and no trace of the aircraft or it crew were found.

At the time the formal SAR effort was terminated, both Robert Nopp and Marshall Kipina were listed Missing in Action.

Further, because the US Army believed they disappeared sometime after midnight, their date of loss was established as 14 July 1966.

Aircraft became overdue and was never found.


************************
In April 1969, a CIA intelligence report, compiled a very detailed description of the Viet Cong's Huong Thuy District committee headquarters, along with details of a communist prison camp. Also included in this document was a list of 22 American POWs by name who were positively identified from pre-capture photographs.
An additional list of 32 Americans tentatively identified was also attached. The source stated that following the 1968 Tet offensive, prisoners were transferred from this camp to either North Vietnam or to an agricultural camp at an unknown location near the South Vietnam/Lao border.

Marshall Kipina was named as one of the 22 positively identified POWs. There was no indication if Robert Nopp was also incarcerated in this camp.

None of the families of those listed as positively or possibly identified Prisoners of War were ever told of this report until it was declassified in 1985 - some 17 years later.
****************
U.S. Army records list both Capt. Robert Graham Nopp and Kipina as part of the "131st Aviation Company, 14th Aviation Battalion", yet according to "Order of Battle" by Shelby Stanton, a widely recognized military source, this company was never assigned to the 14th Aviation Battalion. The 131st was known as "Nighthawks",and was a surveillance aircraft company.
********************
Capt. Nopp is listed as deceased in the Federal Division Research database. PFC Kipina is listed with "Live sighting; PW transit; Xepon River".
***************

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  • Created by: Eddieb
  • Added: Oct 27, 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/60703155/robert_graham-nopp: accessed ), memorial page for LTC Robert Graham Nopp (19 Sep 1934–14 Jul 1966), Find a Grave Memorial ID 60703155, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350).