CHAVIRA, STEPHEN Name: Stephen Chavira Rank/Branch: E4/US Army Unit: Company B, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division Date of Birth: 10 March 1943 (Baker's Field CA) Home City of Record: Wasco CA Date of Loss: 28 May 1971 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 162100N 1070818E (YD284087) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: OH6A Refno: 1750 Other Personnel in Incident: Paul D. Urquhart (missing) 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: Capt. Paul D. Urquhart, pilot and SP4 Stephen Chavira, observer, were the crew of an OH6A helicopter on a visual reconnaissance mission in the northern A Shau Valley in Thua Thin Province, South Vietnam. The OH6A and a UH1A were chase ships for two AH1C gunships on this mission. During an area recheck, while at an altitude of 30 feet above ground level, one of the gunship commanders saw a rocket propelled grenade round strike Capt. Urquhart's aircraft and explode, causing the tail boom to bend in half. The aircraft was seen to explode into flames, crash and burn on a small knoll. An area about 25 meters around the crash site was burned off by the ensuing fire, thus permitting an accessible view by aerial reconnaissance over the area after the crash. None of the witnesses reported seeing anyone thrown clear of the helicopter during the mid-air explosion or during the crash. No remains or survivors were seen after the crash. No ground search was conducted due to enemy activity in the area. On June 7, reconnaissance of the area was conducted during which the investigating officer saw no signs of survivors or remains. According to witnesses, Urquhart and Chavira are most probably dead. Tragically, their families have no graves holding their bodies to visit. Their remains are on enemy soil, and not buried in their homeland. Even more tragically, evidence mounts that hundreds of Americans are still alive, held captive in Southeast Asia. What must they be thinking of us? What would Paul Urquhart and Stephen Chavira think of us?