BILLIPP NORMAN KARL
REMAINS IDENTIFIED 01 NOV 96
Name: Norman Karl Billip
Rank/Branch: United States Marine Corps/O3
Unit: MAG 39 1 MAW
Date of Birth: 14 March 1945
Home City of Record: MILWAUKEE WI
Date of Loss: 06 May 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 164100 North 1064800 East
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel in Incident: John Hagen, missing
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. 2020
REMARKS: Last radio contact said "do visual recon Highway 9, Ca Lu to
Library of Congress search under "LAOS" finds "REFUGEE CLAIMS BILLIPP IS
ALIVE HIDING IN LAOS"
No further information available at this time.
On November 1, 1996, Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTA-FA,
now DPAA) identified the remains of Captain Norman Karl Billipp,
missing from the Vietnam War.
Captain Billipp joined the U.S. Marine Corps from Wisconsin, and
was a member of Marine Observation Squadron 6, Marine Air Group
39, 1st Marine Air Wing. On May 6, 1969, he piloted an O-1G Bird
Dog (bureau number 156682) on a visual reconnaissance mission
down Route 9 in Vietnam to the border with Laos. The Bird Dog
went down at some point during its mission, and Capt Billipp
died in the incident. Search efforts were unable to locate the
Bird Dog's crash site or its crew. In 1996, a joint U.S. and
Vietnamese search team excavated a crash site associated with
Capt Billipp's O-1G, recovering human remains. Later that year,
forensic analysis identified some of the recovered remains as
those of Capt Billipp.
Captain Billipp is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at
the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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