KRUPA, FREDERICK Name: Frederick Krupa Rank/Branch: O3/US Army Special Forces Unit: Exploitation Company A, Task Force 2 Advisory Element Date of Birth: 02 September 1947 Home City of Record: Scranton PA Date of Loss: 27 April 1971 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 141240N 1072555E (YA624721) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H Refno: 1744 Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998. Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: Capt. Frederick Krupa was a platoon leader assigned to Company A, Task Force 2 Advisory Element, U.S. Army Special Forces. On April 27, 1971, Krupa was a passenger aboard a UH1H helicopter with which his special commando unit was about to conduct a helicopter insertion 2 miles from the Laotian border northwest of Plei Djereng, Vietnam. When the helicopter was three feet off the ground, hostile forces opened up fire, and Capt. Krupa was seen to fall forward, wounded. The SCU Company A commander Ayom grabbed Krupa's right shoulder, but when his hand was struck by a bullet, Ayom let go, and Krupa fell from the helicopter from a low level. He was last seen lying next to a log sprawled out on his back, not moving or making a sound, by crew chief SP4 Melvin C. Lew during helicopter ascent. Whether Krupa was dead or unconscious is unknown. The opportunity to recover him or his body never occurred because of hostile action in the area. He is one of nearly 2500 Americans still missing, prisoner or otherwise unaccounted for from the Vietnam war. When the war ended, refugees from the communist-overrun countries of Southeast Asia began to flood the world, bringing with them stories of live GI's still in captivity in their homelands. Since 1975, over 8000 such stories have been received. Many authorities believe that hundreds of Americans are still held in the countries in Southeast Asia. The U.S. Government operates on the "assumption" that one or more men are being held, but that it cannot "prove" that this is the case, allowing action to be taken. Meanwhile, low-level talks between the U.S. and Vietnam proceed, yielding a few sets of remains when it seems politically expedient to return them, but as yet, no living American has returned.