JAMES P COBB
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HONORED ON PANEL 5W, LINE 105 OF THE WALL

JAMES PAUL COBB

WALL NAME

JAMES P COBB

PANEL / LINE

5W/105

DATE OF BIRTH

09/26/1951

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/15/1971

HOME OF RECORD

DEPEW

COUNTY OF RECORD

Erie County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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LEFT FOR JAMES PAUL COBB
POSTED ON 2.9.2016

Final Mission of SGT James P. Cobb

On February 15, 1971, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-16554) from B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry attempted to extract a wounded Ranger in stormy monsoon weather and crashed with the loss of seven personnel. The aircraft departed Camp Eagle, RVN, on an emergency night evacuation mission at approximately 1840 hours during a period of marginal weather. The pilot reported 300 to 400 feet and one-half mile visibility. Fifty minutes into the mission, a difficult extraction of the wounded man was made using a McGuire rig and the aircraft lifted off. The aircraft almost immediately encountered instrument flight conditions. Flight was made back to Phu Bai and a ground-controlled approach (GCA) approach initiated with the wounded man still rigged beneath the aircraft. During this phase of the flight, notation has been made of the pilot making a transmission to the effect he was experiencing vertigo and turning over controls of the aircraft to the co-pilot. As the aircraft approached Phu Bai at 5500 feet, contact was made with approach control. An attempt was made to establish radar identification. The transponder and automatic direction finder (ADF) proved inoperative. After turning the aircraft 030 degrees contact was established. The aircraft was then told to climb to 6000 feet for terrain clearance. Downwind was established and the aircraft was told to descend to 1600 feet. Once under final controller authority the aircraft was vectored with some difficulty experienced in ground track, attributable to the McGuire rig, wind, and 40 knots airspeed, to the final approach course and told to begin a three degree rate of descent. All appeared normal, with the aircraft responding to directions, until approximately three miles on final. At this point the aircraft descended below the glide path in a right turn, and was lost from the GCA scope. Radio contact was also lost at this time. It was later observed by ground witnesses proceeding north of the village of Phu Thu executing a right turn. The impact of the aircraft at approximately 1952 hours indicated as nose low, right front corner of the fuselage first with skid touching simultaneously. Upon impact the aircraft separated, the transmission, rotor head and mast leaving the airframe and the engine staying with the major fuselage portion. The forward fuselage was destroyed by fire. It is believed that GCA forgot about the McGuire Rig and it became entangled in trees causing the aircraft to go inverted and crash. The lost crewmen included pilots CW2 Richard N. Concannon and WO1 Joseph S. Burke, crew chief SGT James P. Cobb, and gunner SP4 Zebulon M. Johnson Jr. There were two passengers aboard, 1LT James L. Smith and SGT Gabriel Trujillo. The Ranger who was the focus of the extraction was SGT Steven G. England. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 12.19.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT James Paul Cobb, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 2.29.2012

Remembered

(Photo Credit: Garry Jackson) Rest in peace with the warriors.
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POSTED ON 10.28.2005
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

Never Forgotten

FOREVER REMEMBERED

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heros you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heros lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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