OTT, EDWARD LOUIS III

Name: Edward Louis Ott III
Rank/Branch: E6/US Navy
Unit: Helicopter Attack Squadron 3, Detachment 1, USS GARRETT COUNTY
Date of Birth: 12 March 1939
Home City of Record: Rockville CT
Date of Loss: 01 September 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 093515E 1061812E (XR430600)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H # 638570
Refno: 0824

Other Personnel in Incident: Robert D. Johnson (missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project  with the assistance of 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.

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: LtCdr. Robert D. Johnson was an assistant operations officer
assigned to Light Helicopter Attack Squadron 3, Detachment 1, onboard the
USS GARRETT COUNTY (LST 786). On September 1, 1967, he was scrambled on a
pre-dawn emergency launch to interdict Viet Cong forces attacking a friendly
outpost. The UH1H on which he launched carried a full crew, including Petty
Officer Edward L. Ott III, a jet engine mechanic.

The helicopter was seen to lift off the deck of the USS GARRETT COUNTY and
crash into the Bassac River. When the survivors of the crash appeared on the
river's surface, Johnson and Ott were not among them. An immediate search
was initiated using River Patrol Boats and other helicopter search aircraft.
The search lasted for several days and nights, however, the results were
negative.

The cockpit/cabin portion of the aircraft was located partially covered by
mud, and debris was scattered over the river bottom. It was believed that
the bodies of Ott and the pilot, Robert Johnson could not be recovered. Both
were listed as Killed, Body Not Recovered.

Johnson and Ott are among nearly 2500 who remained unaccounted for at the
end of the Vietnam War. The cases of some, like Johnson and Ott, can be
simply stated. Other cases, however, are more complex. Many of the missing
were known to have been alive in sight of the enemy the last they were seen.
Others were actually photographed in captivity, only to disappear.

Since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing in
Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many authorities
believe that there are hundreds of Americans still held captive today.

It is not likely that Ott and Johnson survived the crash of their helicopter
to be captured under such closely observed circumstances. No doubt hope is
lost for these two men. For unknown numbers of others, hope still exists. We
must do everything we can to bring these men home while there is still time.