PODELL, RICHARD W.
Remains Identified, 2018. See below
Name: Richard W. Podell
Branch/Rank: U.S. Air Force Reserve / O3 Captain
Unit: 29th Troop Carrier Squadron, 463rd Troop Carrier Wing, 7th Air Force
Date of Birth: 07/28/1938
Home City of Record: Winimac, IN
Date of Loss: 09 Jun 67
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Status (in 1973): NOT noted on PMSEA
Other Personnel in Incident: Pilot CAPT Rafael L. Rivera-Balaguer, co-pilot CAPT Jerome F. Starkweather, navigator CAPT Richard W. Podell, loadmaster SSGT Ricky L. Herndon, and flight engineers SSGT Ira E. Scott and SSGT William E. Tyree. Its passengers (all U.S. Army) were 1LT Richard A. Gray, SP5 Frank R. Ragusa, SP4 Craig R. Schoenbaum, and SP5 Andrew H. Shimp.
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. BIO ADDED 11/21/18
Submitted by William M. Killian October 2018
On June 9, 1967, a USAF C-130B Hercules (#58-0737) from the 29th Troop Carrier Squadron, crashed approximately 12 miles east of Tan Son Nhut, RVN. The C-130B, with ten persons aboard, was conducting a series of scheduled logistics flights within South Vietnam. The last leg of the trip was from Nha Trang to Saigon. As the aircraft neared Saigon it was vectored around an artillery firing zone. The aircraft broke up in flight, with both wings separating from the fuselage, and crashed. It was assumed that the structural failure resulted from ground fire. There were no survivors. The lost crew included pilot CAPT Rafael L. Rivera-Balaguer, co-pilot CAPT Jerome F. Starkweather, navigator CAPT Richard W. Podell, loadmaster SSGT Ricky L. Herndon, and flight engineers SSGT Ira E. Scott and SSGT William E. Tyree. Its passengers (all U.S. Army) were 1LT Richard A. Gray, SP5 Frank R. Ragusa, SP4 Craig R. Schoenbaum, and SP5 Andrew H. Shimp. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and aviation-safety.net]
Podell was not on the POW/MIA lists.
Nor are "The lost crew included pilot CAPT Rafael L. Rivera-Balaguer, co-pilot CAPT Jerome F. Starkweather, navigator CAPT Richard W. Podell, loadmaster SSGT Ricky L. Herndon, and flight engineers SSGT Ira E. Scott and SSGT William E. Tyree. Its passengers (all U.S. Army) were 1LT Richard A. Gray, SP5 Frank R. Ragusa, SP4 Craig R. Schoenbaum, and SP5 Andrew H. Shimp. "
His name is NOT on the Indiana Accounted for nor Unaccounted for Indiana Lists.
He IS noted as accounted for if you use DPAA search feature in their web page. The others are not.
Capt RICHARD W. PODELL
Affiliation: USAF Full Name: Capt RICHARD W. PODELL Age: 28 City, State, Country: WINAMAC, IN - US Incident Date: 09 Jun 67 Incident Country: SVN Status: KILLED IN ACTION Wall Number: P-21E / L-80
Field Title Value Meaning Last Name PODELL PODELL Given Names RICHARD W RICHARD W Social Security or Service Number 3136820 3136820 Date of Birth 19380728 07/28/1938 Service F Air Force Component V Reserve Rank CPT Captain Grade and posthumous promotion O3 O3 Service Occupation ----- Undefined Code Actual Date of Casualty Actual Date of Death 19670609 06/09/1967 Tour Date 670602 06/02/1967 Posthumous decoration Casualty Type C3 Non-Hostile, Died While Missing Reason B Air Loss, Crash - Land Air no Air 2 Fixed Wing - Crew Body Recovered --- Undefined Code Date Body Recovered ----- Invalid Date Country VS South Vietnam Province 24 Gia Dinh Casualty Location Major command, eg division or brigade 7th AF 7th AF Company/battery/troop or similar level unit Battalion or similar level unit Regiment, ROAD Air Wing 463rd TCW 463rd TCW Air Group Squadron 29th TCS 29th TCS Task Force Task Group Ship Unparsed Unit Home of Record City WINAMAC WINAMAC Home of Record State Code IN Indiana Notes Panel 21E 21E Line 080 80
Funeral Announcement For U.S. Air Force
Reserve Capt. Killed During Vietnam (Podell, R.)
Air Force Mortuary Affairs Public Affairs | Oct. 12, 2018
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. – U.S. Air Force Reserve Capt. Richard W. Podell, missing from the Vietnam War, has now been identified.
On June 9, 1967, Capt. Richard W. Podell, a navigator, along with two pilots, and three aircrew members assigned to 29th Troop Carrier Squadron, 463rd Troop Carrier Wing, 7th Air Force were flying a lead C-130B aircraft on routine shuttle flights from Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, Republic of Vietnam, to several airfields in southern Vietnam. At Nha Trang Air Base, they picked up classified cargo and the remains of two deceased individuals: one American Soldier and one member of the Republic of Korea Army, as well as four escorts. The aircraft returned to Tan Son Nhut Air Base and was on approach for landing when it had to vector around an artillery firing zone. Shortly after making normal radio contact, the aircraft crashed in a swampy area approximately 12 miles east of Tan Son Nhut Air Base.
On June 10, 1967, the Tan Son Nhut, or TSN, Mortuary sent a team to recover the remains of the missing crew members and passengers. Subsequently, the TSN Mortuary identified five individuals, but were unable to individually identify the remaining six Americans.
In May 1992, Vietnamese villagers turned over identification media and possible human remains they recovered from a C-130 crash site in Vam Ba Dau Long Tan Village, Long Thanh District, Dong Nai Province. One of the items turned over was an ID tag belonging to Podell. In December 1992, the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii concluded the remains most likely belonged to Podell. In October 1994, Vietnamese villagers turned over additional human remains and material evidence associated with Podell's incident. In November 1994, the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii received the human remains and material evidence.
To identify Podell’s remains, scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome (Y-STR) DNA analysis, anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. On Sept. 10, 2018 DPAA officially identified the remains of Podell.
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 19, 2018 at the Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home, Thornton, Texas. The graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 20, 2018 at Thornton Cemetery, Thornton, Texas, with full military honors.
Support from the government and people of Vietnam was vital to the success of this recovery.
Captain Podell is survived by his son, Douglas Podell of Thornton; former spouse, Elaine Hairgrove of Thornton; step-daughter, Rebecca Waldrop; sisters, Arlene Luehrs and Phyllis Wall; brother-in-law, John Wall; nephew, Ronald Luehrs; nieces, Beverly Zaiko, Carolyn Neumann and Carolyn Gordon and husband, Howard.
KXXV News Channel 25 10/18/18
It wasn't until 2013 when Cpt. Podell's sisters gave DNA samples to the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency that the family had a chance at closure...