Name: Marshall Joseph Angell
Rank/Branch: E5/US Army
Unit: 611th Transportation Company
Date of Birth: 29 January 1939 (Boone's Mill VA)
Home City of Record: Roanoke VA
Date of Loss: 12 December 1963
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 101845N 1054952E (WS910400)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: CH37B

Other Personnel In Incident: 3 killed, remains recovered; one slightly injured,
recovered alive.

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 June 1990 from one or more of the
following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with
POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. 2020


SYNOPSIS: The CH37B Mohave, like other large helicopters in Vietnam, served a
variety of functions, including troop and material transport and aircraft
recovery. The huge, 88-foot-long aircraft had a basic weight of 21,500 pounds
and a payload of 5,300 pounds.

SP5 Marshall J. Angell was the flight engineer aboard a CH37B helicopter on a
recovery mission to recover a downed aircraft in Tuong Dinh Tuong Province,
Republic of Vietnam. The crew was attempting to sling load a downed aircraft
when hostile ground fire erupted and hit the aircraft. The Mohave then crashed
and burned.

All the crew aboard the helicopter either survived or their remains were
recovered except SP5 Angell. A thorough search of the aircraft and surrounding
area was conducted. It was ultimately surmised by those conducting the search
that Angell was either consumed by the fire on board the aircraft or that he sank
into the marshy ground surrounding the crash site. No trace was ever found of
Marshall Angell. He was classified Killed/Body Not Recovered.

For Marshall J. Angell, death seems a certainty. For hundreds of others,
however, simple answers are not possible. Adding to the torment of nearly 10,000
reports relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia is the certain knowledge
that some Americans who were known to be prisoners of war were not released at
the end of the war. Others were suspected to be prisoners, and still others were
in radio contact with would-be rescuers when last seen alive. Many were known to
have survived their loss incidents, only to disappear without a trace.

The problem of Americans still missing torments not only the families of those
who are missing, but the men who fought by their sides, and those in the general
public who realize the full implication of leaving men unaccounted for at the
end of a war.

Tragically, many authorities believe there are hundreds of Americans still alive
in captivity in Southeast Asia today.  What must they be thinking of us? What
will our next generation say if called to fight if we are unable to bring these
men home from Southeast Asia?




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On December 12, 1963, a CH-37B Mojave (tail number 55-00672) with a crew of five engaged in the recovery of a downed OV-1 Mohawk in Tien Giang Province, South Vietnam. During the mission the Mojave came under hostile ground fire while sling-load carrying the OV-1 approximately 500 feet above the ground. It crashed and burned in the Mekong River Delta. One of the crew members survived to be rescued, and the bodies of three others were recovered. The remains of the last crew member could not be located.  His body was believed to have been either consumed by the intense heat of the burning wreckage or thrown from the helicopter into the surrounding area by the force of the crash. The survivor from the Mojave's crew reported seeing somone being thrown from the aircraft prior to impact.

Specialist 5 Marshall Joseph Angell, who joined the U.S. Army from Virginia, served with the 611th Transportation Company, United States Army Support Group Vietnam. He was the flight engineer aboard the helicopter, and was killed when it crashed. His remains were not recovered following the incident. Today, Specialist 5 Angell is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

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