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Eugene Carl Kohfield, 1st Lt., USAF (KIA)March 17, 1928 – September 13, 1951
First Lieutenant Kohfield was the pilot of an H-5G helicopter with the 3rd Air Rescue Squadron, U.S. Air Force. On September 13, 1951, during a search and rescue mission for a downed pilot, his aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed ten miles south of Chongong-ni, Korea. First Lieutenant Kohfield was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.
(bio by: Kathleen Clemence)
Downed by enemy fire during SAR effort behind enemy lines. Pilot, 1st Lt. Eugene C. Kohfield, USAF and Medic, Pfc. Lawrence A. Reid were both KIA; both remains recovered.
Narrative:Downed by enemy fire 2 mi S of Chongong-ni during SAR effort behind enemy lines.
H-5G #48-555Korea13 September 1951
Korwald Korean War Airloss Database & U. S. Navy, U. S. Marine Corps and MATS Aircraft Lost During The Korean War: 2017 EditionBy: Douglas E. Campbell& http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/korea/reports/air/korwald_info_2190.htm & “That Others May Live, USAF Air Rescue in Korea” By: Forrest L. Marion
H-5G #48-555 crewed by 1st Lt. Eugene C. Kohfield (P) and Pfc. Lawrence A. Reid (M) was hit by enemy ground fire while attempting a rescue of a AT-6D Mosquito crew and crashed from about 200 feet as it was attempting to land back at its base, instantly killing Kohfield and Reid. This was the first loss of USAF helicopter crew members as a direct result of enemy fire.
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