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Hostile Deaths Since 1970

 
This page of the Korean War Educator lists hostile deaths of U.S. personnel stationed in Korea that have taken place since the year 1970.  If our readers know of other casualties in Korea, please notify Lynnita.
 
Date of Death Name of Casualty Circumstance of Death
11/25/1974 Ballinger, Navy Commander Robert M., Killed by an exploding NKPA booby trap while investigating an illegal tunnel at the DMZ.
8/18/1976 Boniface, Capt. Arthur G. Attacked by NKPA soldiers while trimming a tree on the DMZ.  Dropped by NKPA Senior Lt. Pak Chul with a Taekwondo chop to his neck.  Chopped to death by axes by several NKPA guards.  Known as the Axe Murder Incident.
8/18/1976 Barrett, Lt. Mark Killed by repeated blows his head from NKPA soldiers in the Axe Murder Incident.  Found alive in a ditch but died en route to 121 Evacuation Hospital.
14 July 1977 Miles, CW2Joseph A. Crew member of a US Army CH-47 helicopter killed when his aircraft was shot down after it strayed into North Korean airspace.  17th Aviation Group.
14 July 1977 Welts, Sgt. Ronald E. Crew member of a US Army CH-47 helicopter killed when his aircraft was shot down after it strayed into North Korean airspace.  17th Aviation Group.
14 July 1977 Hayes, Sgt. Robert C. Crew member of a US Army CH-47 helicopter killed when his aircraft was shot down after it strayed into North Korean airspace.  17th Aviation Group.
12/7/1979 Anderson, Sgt. 1C Thomas Lee Killed by a mine explosion during the "Anderson Patrol".  A patrol of US GI's got lost in dense fog, accidentally crossed the MDL, walked into a minefield, and came under attack by the NKPA.
12/17/1994 Hilemon, CWO David Michael A US Army OH-58 Light Observation Helicopter from the 2nd Infantry Division he and CWO2 Bobby Hall strayed into the DMZ, and mistakenly crossed the MDL.  The helicopter was shot down and Hilemon was killed.
 

 

 
 
 

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