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Army, Air Force identify dead in Vietnam crash

By PAMELA HESS

WASHINGTON, April 9 -- The Air Force and the Army Monday identified six of the American service members killed last week in a helicopter crash in Vietnam.

The Navy has not yet notified the family of the single Navy member killed in the April 7 crash, which also killed nine Vietnamese.

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The 16-member crew of the aircraft, a Russian-made MI-17 transport helicopter, was traveling in central Vietnam to begin preparations to excavate remains of U.S. personnel that went missing in action during the war.

The Americans were assigned to Joint Task Force-Full Accounting, based at Camp Smith, Hawaii. The joint U.S.-Vietnamese task force has recovered the remains of more than 600 American soldiers since 1985.

The Air Force lists its dead as Maj. Charles E. Lewis, 36, of Las Cruces, N.M., Master Sgt. Steven L. Moser, 38, of San Diego, Calif., and Tech. Sgt. Robert M. Flynn, 35, of Huntsville, Ala.

The Army lists its dead as Lt. Col. Rennie Melville Cory, Jr., of North Carolina, who was the outgoing detachment commander, Detachment 2, Joint Task Force-Full Accounting, Hanoi; Lt. Col. George D. Martin, III., who was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; and Sgt. 1st Class Tommy James Murphy, of Georgia, a mortuary affairs specialist assigned to the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, Hickham Air Force Base, Hawaii.

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Martin was slated to replace Cory as detachment commander.

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