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.