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In Rememberance Of William Arthur Kimsey Jr.

Name:William Arthur Kimsey Jr.
Rank Branch:W2/US Army
Unit: 220th Recon Avaiation Company, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade
Home City Of Record: Reliance Tennessee
Loss Date: 21 January 1968
Country Of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinants:170013N 1070543E (YD230810)
Statues in 1973:Missing In Action
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: 01D
Other Personnel In Incident:Charles J Ramsey (missing)


On January 21, 1968, an 01D aircraft (tail#57-2930) from " Catkillers" ( 220th Recon Avaition Company) departed the Hue/Phu Bai airfield on a combat support mission (the Marines describe the mission as an "NGF mission over North Vietnam")over the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The crew of the aircraft consisted of U.S. Army W01 William A. Kimsey Jr., pilot; and U.S. Marine Capt. Charles J. Ramsey, ariel observer.

The aircraft was directing Naval gunfire on an active anti-aircraft site when radio contact was lost. Just prior to radio failure, WO Kimsey reported that their aircraft had been hit. A Forward Air controller (FAC)on station conducted a search for several hours without locating the crash site or making contact with the crew.

Defence Depratment records list a slight variance in the latitude and longitude location of the loss for Kimsey and Ramsey, but the U.S Army confirms that both men were last known to be at grid coordinants YD230810,and that there is no reason to suspect wither of the crew bailed out.

Bill Kimsey had been 21 for two weeks when his 01D aircraft was shot down just into North Vietnam near the DMZ. Ramsey was an "old man" of 35. There has been no further word of him or of Chrles Ramsey.

Although there is no substantive information on the crew of the 01D, evidence continues to mount that some Americant are still helb prisoner of war. There are nearly 2500 Americans who did not return from South East Asis at the end of the war. Some were known to have been taken prisioner. Most can be accounted for by the communist governments of the region.

Our American soldiers go to war prepaired to be wounded, taken prisoner,even prepaired to die. They do not go prepaired to be abandoned. If there is even ONE American alive, we must do everything possible to bring him home.

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