PIRKER, VICTOR JOHN
Name: Victor John Pirker
Rank/Branch: E4/US Marine Corps
Unit: HMM 362, MAG 36
Date of Birth: 27 June 1940
Home City of Record: Trout Creek MT
Date of Loss: 22 November 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 151605N 1085022E (BT720060)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: UH34D
Refno: 0195
Other Personnel In Incident: Thomas E. Douglas; Richard A. Miller; Francis
E. Visconti (all missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 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 2002.
REMARKS:
SYNOPSIS: On November 22, 1965, Capt. Francis E. Visconti was the pilot of a
UH34D helicopter flying with other aircraft on a combat mission in South
Vietnam. Bad weather forced Visconti's aircraft out to sea about halfway
between Chu Lai and Quang Ngai, and he was separated from the rest of the
group.
Also onboard the aircraft were Capt. Richard A. Miller, Cpl. Thomas E.
Douglas, and Cpl. Victor J. Pirker, all from the same unit. The helicopter
went down and all four Marines were classified Missing in Action. The
casualty is listed as battle related, which means the aircraft was probably
hit by enemy fire. The U.S. believes that the Vietnamese could account for
the four men.
There has been no word of any of the crew of that ill-fated chopper since
that day. The Vietnamese have denied any knowledge of them.
Evidence mounts that Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia. There have
been hundreds of eye-witnesses who have said they personally saw them. It is
not known whether any of the crew of the UH34 helicopter survived and are
among those said to be alive and still held prisoner, but someone's brother,
son, husband, or father is alive. We owe them our very best effort to bring
them home.
Richard A. Miller and Francis E. Visconti were promoted to the rank of
Major, Thomas E. Douglas and to the rank of Staff Sergeant during the period
they were maintained missing.