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                        ROBERTSON, LEONARD

                        Name: Leonard Robertson
                        Rank/Branch: O3/US Marines
                        Unit: VMA 533, MAG15
                        Date of Birth: 12 January 1945
                        Home City of Record: Northport NY
                        Date of Loss: 07 July 1972
                        Country of Loss: South Vietnam
                        Loss Coordinates: 163700N 1064750E (XD837384)
                        Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
                        Category: 1
                        Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A
                        Refno: 1894
                        Other Personnel in Incident: Alan J. Kroboth 
                       (returned POW)

                        Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project with the 
                        assistance of one or more of the following: 
                        raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
                        correspondence with POW/MIA families, 
                        published sources, interviews: 15 March 1990.
                        Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998.

                        REMARKS: VC TOLD KROBOTH ROBERTSON DEAD

                        SYNOPSIS: The Grumman A6 Intruder is a two-man all 
                        weather, low-altitude, carrier-based attack 
                        plane, with versions adapted as aerial tanker 
                        and electronic warfare platform. The A6A 
                        primarily flew close-air-support, all-weather 
                        and night attacks on enemy troop concentrations, 
                        and night interdiction missions. Its advanced
                        navigation and attack system, known as DIANE 
                        (Digital Integrated Attack navigation Equipment) 
                        allowed small precision targets, such as bridges, 
                        barracks and fuel depots to be located and attacked 
                        in all weather conditions, day or night. The planes 
                        were credited with some of the most difficult 
                        single-plane strikes in the war, including the 
                        destruction of the Hai Duong bridge between Hanoi 
                        and Haiphong by a single A6. Their missions were 
                        tough, but their crews among the most talented and 
                        most courageous to serve the United States in aerial 
                        combat. 

                        Capt. Leonard Robertson was the pilot of an A6A 
                        Intruder from VMA 533, Marine Air Group 15. On 
                        July 7, 1972, Robertson and his co-pilot, 1Lt.
                        Alan J. Kroboth, were assigned a mission which took 
                        them near the DMZ. When the aircraft was near the 
                        city of Khe Sanh, it was hit by enemy ground fire
                        and crashed. No one was thought to have survived.

                        In March of the following year, Alan J. Kroboth was 
                        released from POW camps in Hanoi. In his debriefing, 
                        Kroboth stated that the Viet Cong had told him that 
                        his pilot was dead. Kroboth never saw him after the 
                        crash of the aircraft.

                        Leonard Robertson is one of the missing on whom the 
                        Vietnamese are known to have information. If he is 
                        indeed dead, then someone knows the location of his 
                        remains. If he did not die in the crash of his 
                        aircraft, then someone has the answers to his fate.

                        Since American involvement in Vietnam ended in 1975, 
                        nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing, 
                        prisoner, or otherwise unaccounted for in Indochina 
                        have been received by the U.S. Government. Many 
                        officials, having examined this largely classified 
                        information, have reluctantly concluded that many 
                        Americans are still alive today, held captive by our 
                        long-ago enemy. These are men who served our country 
                        willingly. Can we afford to turn our backs on these, 
                        our best men?
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