Name: Stephen Harold Haight
Rank/Branch: E4/US Army
Unit: 191st Aviation Company, 13th Aviation Battalion, 164th Aviation Group,
1st Aviation Brigade
Date of Birth: 22 May 1949 (Syracuse NY)
Home City of Record: Cazenovia NY
Date of Loss: 09 May 1970
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 095238N 1061215E (XR320920)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1C
Refno: 1616
Other Personnel in Incident: (none 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 2020.


SYNOPSIS: On May 9, 1970, SP4 Stephen H. Haight was aboard a UH1C helicopter
(serial #66-15148) which crashed and exploded about 5 miles southwest of the
city of Phy Vinh in Vinh Binh Province, South Vietnam.

Personnel in the area were on hand immediately to inspect the site of the
crash, and all personnel aboard the helicopter are accounted for except Haight.
On May 17, 1973, JCRC searched the site of the crash, aided by metal detectors,
encompassing an area 450 by 850 meters centered on the coordinates of the
crash. SP4 Haight's remains were not found.

On August 4, 1973, JCRC concluded that if the coordinates were accurate, all
traces of the crash had been obliterated. It was located in a rice paddy that
may have been tilled. It was also thought that the area may have been pilfered,
leaving no probable reason for further searches.

SP4 Haight was listed Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered. He is listed with
honor among the missing because his remains remain on enemy soil. He is one of
a relative few who will probably never be accounted for from the Vietnam War.
Unlike "MIAs" from other wars, most of the missing from Southeast Asia can be
accounted for, and a high percentage of their remains could be found.

Tragically, nearly 10,000 reports have been received by the U.S. Government
relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia since 1975. Most authorities
believe that there are still hundreds of Americans still captive.

Although SP4 Haight may not be among those thought to be still alive, his death
and those of roughly 58,000 other Americans cannot fully be honored until this
war is brought to honorable end - with the return of all living Americans and
the fullest possible accounting of the dead.





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On May 9, 1970, a UH-1C Iroquois (tail number 66-15148) with a crew of four took off on a combat operation to targets southwest of Phu Vinh, Vinh Binh Province, South Vietnam. While approaching the target area, the helicopter was hit by enemy ground fire and crashed and burned in a rice paddy about five miles southwest of Phu Vinh. The crash site was investigated within minutes of the crash, and three of the four crew men were accounted for. 

Specialist 4 Stephen Harold Haight entered the U.S. Army from New York and was a member of 191st Aviation Company, 13th Aviation Battalion, 164th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade. He was the crew chief aboard this helicopter when it crashed, and is the crew member whose remains could not be recovered. Further attempts to locate or identify his remains have been unsuccessful. Today, Specialist 4 Haight 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 Active Pursuit.

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