McKAIN, BOBBY LYN Name: Bobby Lyn McKain Rank/Branch: W2/US Army Unit: A Troop, 1st Squad, 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division Date of Birth: 11 February 1946 (Wichita KS) Home City of Record: Garden City KS Date of Loss: 03 May 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 163736N 1063605E (XD685382) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: AH1G Refno: 1155 Other Personnel In Incident: Arthur F. Chaney (missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 1990 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 2010. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On the afternoon of May 3, 1968, CWO Bobby McKain, pilot, and WO Arthur Chaney, co-pilot, were flying aboard an AH1G helicopter on an armed escort mission for a reconnaissance team operating west of Khe Sanh. At about 1405 hours, while making a pass on an enemy gun position, they were hit by 37mm anti-aircraft fire from the gun emplacement and the helicopter exploded in mid-air. They were about 1500 feet above the ground when the explosion occurred, separating the tail boom and one main rotor blade from the aircraft. The aircraft spun to the ground on fire and impacted, and seconds later, the ammunition onboard detonated. Other pilots in the area immediately flew to the site and observed the aircraft engulfed in flames with no visible signs of life. Shortly thereafter, they were driven from the area by other heavy automatic weapons fire. Air searches were made, but revealed no signs of the crew. No radio contact was made. Because of the close proximity to enemy positions, Chaney and McKain's fates were almost certainly known by the enemy. The Army holds out no hope they survived, but believes that their cases may someday be resolved. Chaney and McCain are among nearly 2500 unresolved deaths or disappearances of Americans in Southeast Asia. Tragically, thousands of reports indicate that many of these cases involve Americans still alive and held captive by the communist countries of Laos and Vietnam. Chaney and McCain would not have left their comrades in the hands of the enemy. How can we? =================
July 17, 2008
SOLDIERS MISSING FROM THE
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)
announced today that the remains of two
They are Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bobby L. McKain, of Garden City,
Representatives from the Army met with the next-of-kin of these men to explain the recovery and identification process, and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.
On May 3, 1968, these men flew an AH-1G Cobra gunship on an armed
escort mission to support a reconnaissance team operating west of Khe
In 1985, an American citizen with ties to Southeast Asian
refugees turned over to
Between 1989 and 2003,
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) investigative teams working in
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA and dental comparisons in identifying the remains.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO web site at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.