ROBERTSON, LEONARD Name: Leonard Robertson Rank/Branch: O3/US Marines Unit: VMA 533, MAG15 Date of Birth: 12 January 1945 Home City of Record: Northport NY Date of Loss: 07 July 1972 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 163700N 1064750E (XD837384) Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 1 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A Refno: 1894 Other Personnel in Incident: Alan J. Kroboth (returned POW) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 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: 15 March 1990. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998. REMARKS: VC TOLD KROBOTH ROBERTSON DEAD SYNOPSIS: The Grumman A6 Intruder is a two-man all weather, low-altitude, carrier-based attack plane, with versions adapted as aerial tanker and electronic warfare platform. The A6A primarily flew close-air-support, all-weather and night attacks on enemy troop concentrations, and night interdiction missions. Its advanced navigation and attack system, known as DIANE (Digital Integrated Attack navigation Equipment) allowed small precision targets, such as bridges, barracks and fuel depots to be located and attacked in all weather conditions, day or night. The planes were credited with some of the most difficult single-plane strikes in the war, including the destruction of the Hai Duong bridge between Hanoi and Haiphong by a single A6. Their missions were tough, but their crews among the most talented and most courageous to serve the United States in aerial combat. Capt. Leonard Robertson was the pilot of an A6A Intruder from VMA 533, Marine Air Group 15. On July 7, 1972, Robertson and his co-pilot, 1Lt. Alan J. Kroboth, were assigned a mission which took them near the DMZ. When the aircraft was near the city of Khe Sanh, it was hit by enemy ground fire and crashed. No one was thought to have survived. In March of the following year, Alan J. Kroboth was released from POW camps in Hanoi. In his debriefing, Kroboth stated that the Viet Cong had told him that his pilot was dead. Kroboth never saw him after the crash of the aircraft. Leonard Robertson is one of the missing on whom the Vietnamese are known to have information. If he is indeed dead, then someone knows the location of his remains. If he did not die in the crash of his aircraft, then someone has the answers to his fate. Since American involvement in Vietnam ended in 1975, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing, prisoner, or otherwise unaccounted for in Indochina have been received by the U.S. Government. Many officials, having examined this largely classified information, have reluctantly concluded that many Americans are still alive today, held captive by our long-ago enemy. These are men who served our country willingly. Can we afford to turn our backs on these, our best men?