|Name: Rhonda Cornum
Rank/Branch: Maj/US Army
Unit: (Flight Surgeon)
Home City: Freeville, NY
Date of Loss: 27 February 1991
Country of Loss: Kuwait
Status: Released POW 03/05/91
Other Personnel in Incident: Troy Dunlap; William Andrews (released); five
crewmen and passengers (all killed); perhaps one other missing.
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 09 March 1991 from one
or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2017.
REMARKS: OPERATION DESERT STORM
SYNOPSIS: On February 27, 1991, an American F16 fighter/bomber joined in air
support for an allied tank battle near Basra. During the fighting, the
aircraft was shot down. The pilot of the aircraft, Capt. William Andrews,
safely ejected the crippled plane and reported that besides an injured leg,
he was fine.
One rescue effort for Andrews failed. An Army search and rescue team was
flown in by helicopter. Onboard the aircraft was its crew, the search team,
and a flight surgeon, Maj. Rhonda Cornum. The helicopter was shot down, and
five bodies were located. According to some news sources, three individuals
remained missing from the aircraft.
When darkness fell, Andrews was to hide and wait for morning rescue. When
morning came, Andrews could not be found.
On March 6, 1991, Andrews, Cornum, Dunlap, and Stamaris were released by the
Iraqis. Cornum and Andrews were carried on stretchers with leg injuries.
Cornum had suffered two broken arms, an injured knee, and a broken hand in
the crash of the helicopter.
Dunlap's family was startled and elated when his name appeared on missing
lists. On February 2, an Army representative came to the family home in
Karnak, Illinois, and said Dunlap had been killed. Two days later, the Army
changed his status to missing.
The Columbus Dispatch
Sunday, January 4, 1998
LOVED ONES STILL SEEK ANSWERS FAMILIES OF MIAS QUESTION
GOVERNMENT'S RESOLVE ON ISSUE
Ann Fisher Dispatch Staff Reporter
..... During the Persian Gulf War in 1991, government officials referred
concerned families of troops to the league, Flick said. The military
also publicly vowed not to leave anyone behind in that war, she said.
Ella May Cates remembers the feeling of not knowing a loved one's fate
when her granddaughter was reported missing in action in the Persian
Gulf War. Army Maj. Rhonda Scott Cornum, a flight surgeon and pilot in
the 101st Airborne Division, was in a helicopter that was shot down
during a search-and-rescue mission for an injured U.S. pilot. Five of
the eight crew members were killed.....
Tuesday, January 16, 2001, Seattle Post Intelligencer
By RANDALL CHASE
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The mission -- to rescue a downed pilot -- was going
very wrong. Enemy fire riddled the helicopter carrying flight surgeon
Maj. Rhonda Cornum, and the aircraft was plunging to the Iraqi desert.
She felt strangely calm.....
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