John Robert Henn, Jr.
Missing In Action
|SYNOPSIS: On May 24, 1972, WO2 Isaac Y. Hosaka, pilot, and WO2 John R. Henn,
aircraft commander, were flying an AH1G Cobra helicopter (tail #67-15836) which was
participating in a medivac operation about 8 kilometers south of An Loc, South Vietnam.
WO2 Henn's helicopter was in a flight of three Cobras at 4800 feet when the helicopter
appeared to break in half.
The aircraft then went into a flat spin, exploded and burst into flames upon impact. The
other helicopter pilots concluded that the Cobra had been hit by a SAM (surface to air
missile), as they had seen a trail of white smoke from the ground to the aircraft.
The other two Cobras remained over the site, but observed no one leaving the crash.
An immediate search in the area was not possible because of the enemy situation, but on
June 2 and June 5, brief surface searches were conducted and remains were found which
were identified as those of WO2 Hosaka.
A refugee reported that he had witnessed a Cobra helicopter crash and burn near Tan
Khai village. Fifteen days later, he saw the bodies of two individuals who had apparently
died in the crash. The U.S. Army believes this report may correlate ot Henn and Hosaka.
There was at least some chance that Henn survived the crash of the helicopter to be
captured, as the U.S. Army classified him Missing in Action rather than Killed/Body Not
Recovered. Whether reports have come in concerning Henn is not information which is
included in public record.
As the years have passed since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports relating to
Americans missing in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Many authorities
are convinced that Americans are still alive in captivity in Southeast Asia, and that they
number in the hundreds. Whether Henn is among them is unknown, but certainly there
can be no other honorable end to the Vietnam war than to bring our men home.