Remains returned 12/06/95  ID 05/12/03  Burial 12/2003
Name: Paul Vernon Black
Rank/Branch: W1/US Army
Unit: 11th Aviation Group, 1st Cavalry Division
Date of Birth: 26 April 1948 (Santa Cruz CA)
Home City of Record: Central Valley CA
Date of Loss: 01 March 1971
Country of Loss: Cambodia
Loss Coordinates: 115940N 1055238E (WU955265)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H [NSA states Eh-1H}
Refno: 1712
Other Personnel in Incident: killed, none missing - see biography below
Source: Compiled 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 in 2003.
SYNOPSIS: On March 1, 1971, W1 Paul V. Black was the aircraft commander of a
UH1H helicopter on a combat mission about 15 miles within Cambodia in
Kampong Cham Province. During the mission, the aircraft received enemy
ground fire, crashed and burned. The helicopter apparently lost its main
rotor on impact with the ground. The vehicle exploded into a fireball. All
the crew members were aboard the aircraft at the time, and none were seen to
Subsequent recovery efforts recovered the remains of the pilot and
passengers (no further identification available), but no trace could be
found of W1 Black. Although he is thought to have perished in the crash of
the aircraft, the U.S. believes that the enemy forces in the area probably
know his fate.
Fifteen years after the war, the Cambodian (Kampuchean) government let it be
known that they had the remains of nearly 100 Americans. Unfortunately, the
U.S. has no diplomatic relations with Kampuchea and would not officially
respond. Although several U.S. Congressmen have attempted to recover the
remains of these Americans, the government of Kampuchea clearly wishes an
official request from the U.S., which the U.S. Government is unwilling to
It is not thought that Americans captured by the Cambodian communists were
allowed to survive, but were instead executed. As Vietnamese troops also
coursed through Cambodia, as in Laos, however, a significant number of these
downed pilots and crew might have been captured by the Vietnamese, thus
escaping the post-war holocost caused by the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia.
The governments of Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and the United States have for
nearly 20 years engaged in political pandering while reports mount that
Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia. It's time we brought our men

Complete article:
The official NSA website has identified Paul Vernon Black as flying an EH-1H
LEFT BANK Helicopter as part of the Army Signals Agency when lost.
A portion reads:
A second LEFT BANK aircraft from the 1st Cav Division was lost on 1 March
1971 near Dambe, Cambodia (approximately five miles inside Cambodia). Those
lost were:
         WO1 Paul V. Black from Central Valley, California KIA/BNR
         WO1 Robert D. Uhl from San Mateo, California DWM/BR
         SP5 Gary C. David from Pottstown, Pennsylvania KIA
         SP4 Frank A. Sablan from Phenix City, Alabama KIA
These mission crews on board the two LEFT BANK aircraft were assigned to the
371st Radio Research Company. Originally designated as the 371st ASA
Company, it was formed by the United
States Army Security Agency in 1962 and was attached to the 1st Cavalry
Division. It was with this division that the company saw wartime service in
the Republic of Vietnam from 1966 to 1971. The mission of the 371st was to
provide combat information to the division commander in pursuit of his
tactical war-fighting mission. The company served well and faithfully,
earning two Presidential Unit Citations, four Meritorious Unit
Commendations, and one Valorous Unit Award. It was redeployed to Fort Hood
wit the division in 1971 where it served with pride until deactivation in
1981. Its lineage and colors are now perpetuated by Company A, 312th MI
Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas.
Page Updated: Saturday, September 13, 2003 9:10 AM PDT
At long last, a son found
By Patti Richter, Staff Writer
PORT ORFORD - Jim and Jane Black will bury their 22-year-old son at
Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. Paul Black is not a recent casualty
of the United State's ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.....
Troops' Remains From Vietnam Era Buried
Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Va......About 50 mourners gathered under a drizzling rain with their hands
over their hearts as a horse-drawn caisson carried the flag-draped
casket. It contained the recently identified remains of Black, along
with those from three other men who were on the Huey helicopter with
him when it crashed and burned in Cambodia on March, 1, 1971....