KROGMAN, ALVA RAY
Accounted for 07 July 2020
Name: Alva Ray Krogman
Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 12 April 1941
Home City of Record: Worland WY
Date of Loss: 17 January 1967
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 170159N 1055758E (XD011815)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 with the assistance
of 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 2020.
SYNOPSIS: All tactical strike aircraft operating in Southeast Asia had to be
under the control of a Forward Air Control (FAC), who was intimately
familiar with the locale, the populous, and the tactical situation. The FAC
would find the target, order up U.S. fighter/bombers from an airborne
command and control center or ground based station, mark the target
accurately with white phosphorus (Willy Pete) rockets, and control the
operation throughout the time the planes remained on station. After the
fighters had departed, the FAC stayed over the target to make a bomb damage
The FAC also had to ensure that there were no attacks on civilians, a
complex problem in a war where there were no front lines and any hamlet
could suddenly become part of the combat zone. A FAC needed a fighter
pilot's mentality, but but was obliged to fly slow and low in such unarmed
and vulnerable aircraft as the Cessna O1 Bird Dog, and the Cessna O2.
1Lt. Alva R. Krogman was a FAC assigned a mission over Laos on January 17,
1967. At a point west of the DMZ in the extreme northern portion of
Savannakhet Province, Laos, his aircraft was shot down. Krogman, who was
believed to have died in the crash of the aircraft, was never found.
Although he is listed as Killed, he is also counted among the missing
because no remains were ever recovered to return home.
Laos is often called the "Black Hole" of the POW issue because, of nearly
600 Americans lost there, not a single man was ever released that had been
held in Laos. The Pathet Lao stated on several occasions that they held
prisoners, yet we never negotiated for their freedom. These men were
abandoned by the government for which they bravely fought.
Since American involvement in the war in Southeast Asia ended, refugees have
flooded the world, bringing with them stories of American soldiers still
held prisoner in their homeland. Many authorities now believe that hundreds
were left behind as living hostages.
On July 7, 2020, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)
identified the remains of First Lieutenant Alva Ray Krogman,
missing from the Vietnam War.
First Lieutenant Krogman joined the U.S. Air Force from Wyoming
and was a member of the 504th Tactical Air Support Squadron. On
January 17, 1967, while on temporary duty with the 23rd Tactical
Air Support Squadron, he took off from Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai
Air Base in an 0-1F Bird Dog (tail number 52-2789, call sign
"Nail 48") on a visual reconnaissance mission over Savannakhet
Province, Laos. 1st Lt Krogman's aircraft was struck by enemy
fire and crashed in the target area. 1st Lt Krogman was killed
in the incident, and his remains could not be recovered at the
time of his loss. On February 14, 2019, a Scientific Recovery
Expert working at 1st Lt Krogman's crash site in Ban Kok Mak,
Laos, reported the recovery of possible remains and material
evidence. In 2019, DPAA received these remains and subsequently
conducted recovery efforts at the crash site, yielding
additional remains and material. These remains were consolidated
and eventually identified as those of 1st Lt Krogman.
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*01/2020 note read:
First Lieutenant (1st Lt) Alva Ray Krogman, who joined the U.S.
Air Force from Wyoming, served with the 504th Tactical Air
Support Squadron. On January 17, 1967, while on temporary duty
with the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron, 1st Lt Krogman
piloted an 0-1F Bird Dog (tail number 52 2789, call sign "Nail
48") that departed Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base as one of
two aircraft on a visual reconnaissance mission over central
Laos. Over the target area, 1st Lt Krogman's aircraft was hit by
enemy ground fire, and the pilot of the other aircraft reported
seeing damage to its left wing. The other aircraft then came
under fire from the ground as well, and was forced to take
evasive action. The other aircraft's pilot did not see 1st Lt
Krogman's aircraft go down but did observe its crash site, with
the wreckage burning, afterwards. He did not see a parachute or
any sign that 1st Lt Krogman had survived the crash. A search
and rescue team attempted to reach the crash site, but
resistance from enemy forces in the area forced them to abort
their attempt. Today, First Lieutenant Krogman is memorialized
on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery
of the Pacific.
Pilot Accounted For From Vietnam War (Krogman, A.)
Release No: 20-091 July 14, 2020
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Air
Force 1st Lt. Alva R. Krogman, 25, killed during the Vietnam War, was
accounted for July 7, 2020.
On Jan. 17, 1967, Krogman was a pilot assigned to the 504th Tactical Air
Support Group, 7th Air Force, on temporary duty with the 23rd Tactical
Air Support Squadron operating out of Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force
Base, Thailand. That morning, he was flying an O1-F Birddog aircraft as
part of a flight of two planes conducting a visual reconnaissance
mission in Savannakhet Province, Laos. At approximately 8:55 a.m. local
time, Krogman’s aircraft was hit by enemy fire in the left wing and went
down. Search and rescue operations began immediately, but were shut down
within a few hours after one of the search and rescue aircraft was also
shot down. Krogman was never recovered and was declared killed in action
on Jan. 31.
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account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit
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