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Ronald James Schultz

Rank: E3/US ARMY

Unit: HHC, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry,

101st Airborne Division, MOS-Medical Specialist

Date Of Birth: May 27, 1948

Home City Of Record: Hillsboro, Ks

Date Of Loss: July 21, 1970

Country Of Loss: South Vietnam , Province of Thua Thien

Status(in 1973) Missing In Action

Officially Missing In Action on August 14, 1978

Category 4

Air/Vehicle/Ground: Ground

On July 21, 1970, SP4 Ronald J Schultz was a member

of a unit from 101st Airborne Division that came under

intense enemy fire while helping load wounded and

casualties from a battle area. Schultz was a senior

medical specialist and had been in Vietnam for 9 months.

SP4 Schultz was slightly wounded and was scheduled to

be medically evacuated. As the "dust-off" chopper

approached the LZ it began receiving automatic weapons

fire, and only 2 persons could be loaded before the

helicopter made an emergency take off. SP4 Schultz panicked

when he could not board the helicopter and grabbed the

right landing skid. The aircraft then climbed to an estimated

altitude of 300 feet when members of the unit saw him loose

his hold and fall into the jungle. Due to the enemy situation,

no search parties were able to get to the area where he fell.

Schultz' family has long ago given up hope that he will return

to them alive. They don't know for sure, but believe he was

killed when he fell from the skid of the "dust-off" that day

in July. They hope he was. To imagine his being a prisoner

for nearly 20 years is unbearable.

Schultz is one of nearly 2500 Americans still prisoners,

missing, or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.

As reports flow in relating to missing Americans, families

reflect with new agony of the fate of their sons and brothers.

By some miracle, if SP4 Schultz survived the fall from his

helicopter, he could be one of those to be alive. What

must he think of his country?

You can find Ronald J Schultz

on The Wall at Panel 08W-Row039

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