Remains ID announced 09/23/2008
Name: Timothy John Jacobsen
Rank/Branch: E4/US Army
Unit: Company A, 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division
Date of Birth: 19 February 1950 (Eureka CA)
Home City of Record: Oakland CA
Home Town: Ferndale, CA
Date of Loss: 16 May 1971
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 161527N 1072019E (YC499987)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H
Refno: 1746
Source: Compiled 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 in 2008.
Other Personnel in Incident: Craig L. Farlow; Elliott Crook; Joseph P. Nolan
(all missing)
SYNOPSIS: On May 16, 1971, Lt. Joseph P. Nolan, pilot; W1 Craig L. Farlow,
aircraft commander; SP4 Elliott Crook, crew chief; SP4 Timothy J. Jacobsen,
door gunner; comprised the crew of a UH1H helicopter conducting a combat
assault insertion of ARVN Marines into a landing zone (LZ) in the vicinity
of Hue, Thua Thin Province, South Vietnam.
Lt. Nolan's helicopter was the seventh to land on the LZ. On departing the
LZ, pilots of the fifts and sixth helicopters stated that they were taking
enemy fire. Lt. Nolan radioed after touchdown that he was taking heavy
ground fire, that his crew chief was wounded. Lt. Nolan immediately took off
and at 250 feet, witnesses saw his aircraft rapidly lose rotor RPM and crash
into the tree tops, bursting into flames. No survivors were seen to exit the
On May 24, a search and recovery team made a ground search and found 2
partial skulls and one partial right foot, all badly burned. It was also
noted that there were four more possible remains that were trapped under the
heavy wreckage. The partial skulls were later determined to be Vietnamese.
The other remains were not recovered because of hostile fire.
The crew of the UH1H was presumed to be dead, and their bodies were never
recovered. They are listed with honor among the nearly 2500 Americans still
missing in Southeast Asia until such time as their remains can be returned
home for an honorable burial.
Others missing in Southeast Asia do not have such certain fates. Many were
alive and well the last they were seen. Some described their imminent
capture over radio to would-be rescuers. Still others were known to be
captives, but disappeared from the prison system and were not released.
Unfortunately, mounting evidence indicates that hundreds of Americans are
still captive, waiting for the country they proudly served to secure their
freedom. In our haste to leave an unpopular war, it now appears that we
abandoned some of our best men. In our haste to heal the wounds of this same
war, will we sign their death warrants, or will we do what is necessary to
bring them home?



September 23, 2008

Soldier Missing From The Vietnam War Is Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

He is Sgt. Timothy J. Jacobsen, U.S. Army, of Oakland, Calif. He will be buried on Oct. 4 in Ferndale, Calif.

Representatives from the Army met with Jacobsen's next-of-kin to explain the recovery and identification process, and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.

On May 16, 1971, Jacobsen was one of four U.S. soldiers and an unknown number of Republic of Vietnam (R.V.N.) Marines who were aboard a UH-1H Iroquois helicopter. The crew was on a combat assault mission near Hue, South Vietnam when they came under heavy enemy ground fire as their aircraft touched down at the landing zone. The pilot tried to lift off, but the damaged aircraft struck a tree line and exploded. A few days later, a search and rescue team recovered the remains of some of the Vietnamese Marines, but there were remains still trapped under the helicopter wreckage. No remains for the U.S. soldiers were recovered.

In 1994, a joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) team, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), investigated the incident. The team surveyed the crash site and found wreckage consistent with a UH-1. The next year, another joint team excavated the site and recovered human remains, but they were not those of the U.S. soldiers.

In 2002, a joint team traveled to Hue and interviewed two Vietnamese citizens who showed the team two re-burial sites associated with this incident. In 2006, another team excavated the two sites and recovered human remains from one of them.

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC also used dental comparisons in the identification of Jacobsen's remains, which were recovered in 2006. The other U.S. soldiers associated with this incident are still unaccounted-for.

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.