Name: Malcolm "Buck" Loepke
Branch/Rank: US Army
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record:
Date of Loss: 17 August 1969
Country of Loss: North Korea
Loss Coordinates:
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Helicopter
Other Personnel in Incident: David Crawford, Malcom Loepke and Herman Hofstatter
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. Dept of Defense information 10/25/2007.
REMARKS: Held 180 days - Not noted PMSEA - Released December 3, 1969
Tue Dec 21 08:12:02 1999:
Malcolm Loepke was a veteran of the Korean War. He rejoined the Army
during the Vietnam War. Although he requested duty in Vietnam, he had
two brothers serving their in 1969 and was given a duty assignment in
Korea. On August 17, 1969, his helicopter was shot down and he, along
with Crawford and Hofstatter on board were all captured by the North Korean
military. During his imprisonment he was tortured and beaten almost
every day. As with many other individuals held captive by the Koreans
in the post Korean War era, Mr. Loepke did not immediately receive his
POW status. Mr. Loepke finally received his POW medal on February 5,
1992. He left the service in 1971.

David Hodges Crawford

When this obituary was received in October, David Hodges name could not  be located anywhere as a POW during the Vietnam War. After receiving a note from a V.A. representative stating we had made a grave error, we turned to the Department of Defense for confirmation. On October 25, 2007, after providing documents to DoD, we received this note:


It's confirmed.
David Crawford, Malcom Loepke and Herman Hofstatter shot down in Helicopter over DPRK on 17 Aug 1969.  Held 108 days in DPRK. 

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We are grateful for Mr. Law notifying us of the error in posting, and apologize for any additional grief we caused Mr. Crawford's family. If anyone has further information on this incident, we would appreciate having that information for this bio, and our files.

Crawford, David Hodges

Savannah (Georgia) Morning News.

Crawford, David Hodges

David Hodges Crawford - EUFAULA, AL- David Hodges Crawford, 65, died Saturday, September 29, 2007 at Medical Center Barbour in Eufaula. .... was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a Master Aviator during Vietnam. He piloted chinook helicopters. He was a paratrooper and P.O.W. and he received numerous awards for valor. ...... www.savannahnow.com