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
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