Crawford, David Hodges
Name: David Hodges Crawford Branch/Rank: US Army Unit: Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Date of Loss: 17 August 1969 Country of Loss: North Korea Loss Coordinates: Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Helicopter Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: David Crawford, Malcom Loepke and Herman Hofstatter Refno:
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File. Dept of Defense information 10/25/2007.
REMARKS: Held 180 days - Not noted PMSEA - Released December 3, 1969
On August 17, 1969, the helicopter with Crawford, Loepke and Hofstatter on board was shot down were all captured by the North Korean military. During their imprisonment they were tortured and beaten almost every day. As with many other individuals held captive by the Koreans in the post Korean War era, these men did not immediately receive POW status. Mr. Hodges finally received authorization for his POW medal on a DD215 14 Sept 1992. He left the service in 1987.
David Hodges Crawford
When this obituary was received in October, David Hodges name could not be located anywhere as a POW during the Vietnam War. After receiving a note from a V.A. representative stating we had made a grave error, we turned to the Department of Defense for confirmation. On October 25, 2007, after providing documents to DoD, we received this note:
David Crawford, Malcom Loepke and Herman Hofstatter shot down in Helicopter over DPRK on 17 Aug 1969. Held 108 days in DPRK.
(Georgia) Morning News.
David Hodges Crawford - EUFAULA, AL- David Hodges Crawford, 65, died Saturday, September 29, 2007 at Medical Center Barbour in Eufaula. Born May 19, 1942 in Savannah, Georgia, Mr. Crawford was the son of the late Thomas Franklin and Evelyn Hogdes Crawford, Mr. Crawford was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a Master Aviator during Vietnam. He piloted chinook helicopters. He was a paratrooper and P.O.W. and he received numerous awards for valor. He also received the Purple Heart. He was the Eufaula High School ROTC Senior Army Instructor from 1987 until 1992. Mr. Crawford was a former resident of Pooler, Georgia. ... Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 3 p.m. EDT at Shellman Bluff Baptist Church. Dr. Ken Bush will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military honors . Pallbearers will be the military honor guard. Chapman Funeral Home 334-687-3514 Savannah Morning News October 2, 2007 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at www.savannahnow.com