John Jacobsen Chubb
Private First Class, United States Army
Remains IDd 08/30/2005
Name: John Jacobsen Chubb
Rank/Branch: E3/US Army
Unit: Company B, 101st Aviation Battalion,
101st Airborne Division
Date of Birth: 09 December 1950 (Englewood California)
Home City of Record: Gardena, California
Date of Loss: 20 March 1971
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 163544N 1962513E (XD515352)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel in Incident: Jack L. Barker; William E. Dillender; John F.Dugan (all missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 1990 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 2006.
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LAM SON 719 was a large offensive operation against NVA communications lines in Laos. The operation called for ARVN troops to drive west from Khe Sanh, cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail, seize Tchpone and return to Vietnam. The ARVN would provide and command the ground forces, while U.S. Army and Air Force would furnish aviation airlift and supporting firepower.
The 101st Airborne Division commanded all U.S.
Army aviation units in direct support of the operation. Most of the first
part of the operation, begun January 30, 1971, was called Operation DEWEY
CANYON II, and was conducted by
Flown by Maj. Jack L. Barker, the UH1H (serial
#66-16185) was attempting to land to extract ARVN troops about 20 miles
west of Khe Sanh. During the attempt, the aircraft came under enemy fire
and was seen to spin, explode, and catch fire, then to break up in the
air. No signs of survivors were seen. The crew aboard the aircraft were
Private First Class John J. Chubb, Sergeant William E. Dillender, and Captain
John F. Dugan. Because of the presence of enemy forces
Since that time, over 10,000 reports have been
received relating to Americans prisoner, missing or unaccounted for in
Southeast Asia. Although many authorities are convinced that hundreds remain
alive, the U.S. has not
ARMY PERSONNEL ANNOUNCED AS ACCOUNTED FOR:
The Defense POW/MIA Office announced December 19th that as a result of US-Lao cooperation, all four Americans listed as KIA/BNR March 20, 1971 are now accounted for. The four Army helicopter crew members were Major Jack L. Barker of Georgia, Captain John F. Dugan of New Jersey, Specialist 4 William E. Dillender of Florida and Private First Class John J. Chubb of California.
Recovery date was December 5, 2002, ID date
was August 30, 2005, and all four families recently accepted the results.
To each family, the League expresses support, with gratitude that they
have final answers. The accounting for these four Americans brings to 1,808
the number of U.S. personnel listed by DoD as missing and unaccounted for
from the Vietnam War - 1,382 in Vietnam, 364 in Laos, 55 in Cambodia and
7 in PRC territorial waters. Over 90% of the 1,808 were lost in Vietnam
or in areas of Laos and Cambodia then under Vietnamese control.
Army MIA Soldiers from Vietnam War Identified The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of four U.S. servicemen, missing in action since the Vietnam War, have been identified. They will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.
They are: Major Jack L. Barker of Waycross, Georgia; Captain John F. Dugan of Roselle, New Jersey; Sergeant William E. Dillender of Naples, Florida; and Private First Class John J. Chubb of Gardena, California. All were from the Army's 101st Airborne Division.
Chubb will be buried in Inglewood, California, on February 18. Barker, Dugan and Dillender will be buried on April 12 in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington. D.C.
On March 20, 1971, Barker and Dugan were piloting a UH-1H Huey helicopter with Dillender and Chubb on board. The aircraft was participating in a troop extraction mission in the Savannakhet Province of Laos. As the helicopter approached the landing zone, it was hit by heavy enemy ground fire. It exploded in the air and there were no survivors. Continued enemy activity in the area prevented any recovery attempts.
A refugee in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, showed
an identification tag of Private First Class Chubb and a medallion to a
U.S. interviewer in 1986. The medallion was reportedly recovered near the
same general location from an F-105 crash
In October and November 2004, another joint
investigation team excavated the crash site and recovered additional human
remains and crew-related evidence. The wreckage was of a UH-1H helicopter,
and contained insignia worn by
From the Vietnam War, 1,807 Americans are still unaccounted-for with 364 of those from Laos. Another 839 have been accounted-for in Southeast Asia with 208 of those from losses in Laos.
Posted: 7 April 2006 Updated: 18 April 2006 Updated: 27 August 2006
Photo Courtesy of Holly, August 2006