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John Albert Kozach

Personal Data:

    Birth Date:  May 1, 1947

    Birth Place:  Taunton, Massachusetts

    Race:  Caucasian

    Religion:  Roman Catholic

    U.S. Citizen:  Yes

    Father's Name:  George E. Kozach

    Mother's Name:  Alice (unknown) Kozach

    Sibling Names:  George E. Kozach Jr.

    Marital Status:  Single

    Wife's Name:   

    Offspring Names:   


    School Attended:  Homer Street School, Springfield, Massachusetts

    School Start Date:  September 3, 1958

    School Attended:  Forest Park Junior High School, Springfield, Massachusetts

    School Start Date:  September 9, 1959

    School Attended:  Trade High School, Springfield, Massachusetts

    School Start Date:  September 5, 1962

    High School Diploma:  Yes

    Diploma Year:  1965

Selective Service Data:

    SSS Local Board Number:  83

    SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, Massachusetts

    SSS Registration Date:  May 6, 1965  

    SSS Registrant Description:  5' 10"/140 pounds/blond hair/blue eyes

Military Service Record:

    Entry Date:  February 28, 1966

    Entry Mode:  Enlistment

    Entry Location:  Springfield, Massachusetts

    Home Of Record:  Springfield, Massachusetts

    Military Branch:  Army

    Military Component:  Regular

    Rank:  Specialist Four

    Rank Abbrev:  SP4

    Pay Grade:  E4

    MOS:  63B20

    MOS Title:  Wheel Vehicle Mechanic

    MOS Background:   

Changed May 65 from 631 to 63B "Wheel Vehicle Mechanic."  Changed Apr 80 to "Light-Wheel Vehicle/Power Generation Equipment Mechanic."  MOS still in use Aug 00.  4th char of 2 = E5 skill level. 5th char of O = no extra qualification or SQL

    Awards Received:   

Army Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

    Length Of Service:  2 years

Southeast Asia Tour Data:

    Date Tour Commenced:  October 6, 1967

    Division:  Americal Division

    Regiment:  198th Infantry Brigade

    Battalion:  9th Support Battalion

    Company:  Company B

    Vehicle/Equipment Type:  OH-23G helicopter

    Vehicle/Equipment S/N:  63-12874

    Army Campaign Number:  5th

    Army Campaign Name:  Counteroffensive, Phase III

Casualty Data:

    Casualty Date:  March 6, 1968

    Casualty Time:  1900

    Co-Casualties:  KIA: SP4 Gary L. Engebretson; WO1 Donald E. Kenton

    Casualty Age:  20

    Casualty Data 1:  Hostile

    Casualty Data 2:  Helicopter Non-Crew

    Casualty Data 3:  Air Loss-Crash On Land

    Casualty Province:  Quang Ngai Province

    Casualty Country:  South Vietnam

    Casualty Grid Coordinates:  BS 508 889

    Located In Or Near:  near Chu Lai

    Body:  Recovered


    Burial Location:  St. Michael's Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts

    Burial Plot Location:  St. Robert 30 #1

    Burial Date:  March 20, 1968

    Consigned Funeral Home:  Sampson Funeral Home, Springfield, Massachusetts

    Escort Name:  SP4 George E. Kozach Jr., USA

    Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  20th

    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  43E

                                                    Line Number:  24

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