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is honored on Panel 2W, Line 28 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ke kmal Mesulang

    Posted on 9/15/17
    Thank you sir for your sacrifice. The People back home shall forever remember you and what you did not only for America but for the people of Palau as well..Thank you because of your sacrifice, I live in peace and have freedom in this country. Ke kmal mesulang ea sulem a diak Kim mobes a rechad er Belau. May the wind from your last resting place take you back to where the ocean is where you can finally rest.
  • Final Mission of CAPT John J. Kintaro

    Posted on 5/3/17 - by
    At 1630 hours on September 27, 1971, a flight of eight U.S. Army UH-1H helicopters lined up staggered trail (right) for a 270 degree departure from Song Be airstrip. The flight had been released at 1615 hours to return to Di An. The command and control ship had departed minutes before the flight for the expressed purpose of obtaining weather information, which he relayed to the lead aircraft. Upon departing, the command and control ship called the lead and reported 1000 feet ceiling and .5 to 1 mile visibility. The lead issued instructions for takeoff and departed turning to a 225 degree heading. The lead ship then issued detailed instructions for inadvertent IFR (instrument flight rules) break-up. At approximately 1645 hours, the ceiling and visibility forced the lead ship down to 600 feet indicated. In this area this would be approximately 400 feet AGL. Several of the aircraft began accelerating and decelerating due to the heavy rain and poor visibility. During the period of limited visibility, Chalk Six was observed executing a steep right turn from directly below Chalk Five. Chalk Six was then observed as it struck the trees with the main rotor blade making contact first. Chalk Six made no calls prior to the strike. The aircraft then burst into flames as it made contact with the ground. A call was made to the lead aircraft from Chalk Five that an aircraft had gone down. The lead called for a count of chalks and received seven replies indicating all the aircraft were accounted for. After the flight determined that one of the chalks had answered twice, lead split the flight to initiate a search. The lead ship with chalks 2, 3, and 4 continued to Di An, as they had cleared the bad weather. Chalks 5, 7, and 8 then began a search, but were unable to find the downed aircraft due to weather. Chalks 5, 7, and 8 then proceeded to Phuoc Vinh to wait for the weather to clear. After approximately an hour and a half, the weather cleared and the wreckage was found. One crewmember was observed standing near the wreckage but the height of the trees prevented a landing. A medivac helicopter had been contacted and using a jungle penetrator, rescued the survivor approximately two hours after the crash. The bodies of the other crewmembers, aircraft commander WO1 Steven D. Karnehm, pilot CAPT John J. Kintaro, and crew chief SP4 Luis H. Campos, were recovered on September 28th. Due to rapidly deteriorating weather on the 28th, the recovery team was forced to leave the crash site and the tactical situation prevented further ground inspection or recovery of wreckage parts. [Taken from]
  • It Would Have Been An Honor For Me...

    Posted on 11/2/16 - by PO2(AW) Wilma K. W. Caed, USN
    Every Memorial Day, I take a moment of silence as a token of my respect and reflect in my thoughts all those that have gone before me, who have fallen... giving their ultimate sacrifice so that we all may have the tranquility of life for the freedom they fought for. Though I never had the chance to meet you except through my mother's (your sister) stories and fond memories of you, as well as other people who were privileged to have known you, it would have been an honor for me to. You have left a lasting impression in our lives. Thank you Uncle John... till we meet one day, may You and your Brothers and Sisters In Arms all forever rest in peace...
  • Great Uncle

    Posted on 5/26/15 - by
    I am proud and happy to know that a great man like yourself is my great-uncle, my grandmother's younger brother. You servedand defended this country until very last breath. I am grateful and appreciate the ultimate saceifice you had to go through. And I admire all our of armed forces and all the good men and women who willingly serve, especially my other half who is also in the Army. Rest easy and you are always remembered soldier.
  • Correction

    Posted on 12/10/14 - by Peter W. Black
    John Kintaro's "Home Town" should be listed as "Sonsorol Island," and his "State" should be listed as "Republic of Palau." He was an extremely impressive man.
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