"A MAN IS NOT DEAD UNTIL HE IS FORGOTTEN"
Last known address: 1863 76th Avenue N, St Petersburg, FL
33702-483. SS issued in Michigan; born in Detroit.
Moved to Florida as a child.
From: Pozzi, Kathy E wrote:
Gary -- We got your postcard in the mail. I'm writing to let you know
that my brother, Philip Krajenta (Karjenta) passed away on June 18, 2002 after
a long illness. I know that he would have liked to make connections with
his old friends from Nha Trang; he spoke about the experience for years after
getting out of the Army. Good luck in your search for others.
Kathy Pozzi District Marketing Coordinator
Phone: 813.282.7275, ext. 526
02/01/03: From his cousins:: E-Mail: email@example.com
(Eugene and Nancy Martin). I would appreciate if you would share with me if
you learn anything more about Phillip. I would love to hear any stories
about him that some of the people who knew him when he was in Viet Nam might
From: Jim Christensen
I'm sorry to hear about Krajenta. I don't know if anybody remembers or
not but, I'm pretty sure, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. If my
memory serves me correctly it was during the operations were conducting out of
the Kontum area in Nov of '67 through Feb? of '68. I don't recall which of the
flight platoons he was in. After that adventure I think he returned to
maintenance. He was an alright guy. Jim
From: Mike Feely
Sent: Sunday, September 01, 2002 5:51 PM
I was looking through the Assn site this morning and was saddened to note
the passing of Phil Krajenta. I had the privilege of knowing Phil when I was
in the 281st and found him to be an upbeat and fun-loving person. We had many
good times; some of them were at the expense of Phil, but it never bothered
him. I am even more saddened by the fact that he had recently popped into my
mind several times during the last few weeks and I was wondering if it were
possible to locate him to find out how he was doing. Unfortunately, I
have a serious problem with doing things right away - I prefer to do it
tomorrow. Too late now. Thanks,
CW2 ROBERT LEE KATH
Robert (Bob) served in the 281st in the 1970 as a Wolf Pack Pilot. At the time of his death Bob was a resident of Willmar, Minnesota. In the 281st, Bob was a skilled aviator and respected by all. Full military honors for Robert Lee Kath
[were] held at Arlington National cemetery in Washington DC. He shall be remembered by his Intruder Family.
His obituary follows:
“Robert Lee Kath, 67, of Willmar, MN, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2015 in Willmar, Minnesota with his loving son, Brian, and wife, Rosanne, by his side.
Bob Kath was born on November 27, 1947. He was the oldest child of Butch and Jane Kath in Grand Island, Nebraska. He graduated Norfolk Senior high school in 1966, attended Norfolk Junior College, and then joined the U.S. Army in 1968. In 1969, Bob married Wendi (Garden) Kath. Together, they had four children, Carmen, Robin, Brian, and Kelli. He was accepted into flight school in 1969. Bob was an accomplished helicopter pilot. He served in the Vietnam War in 1971 and flew successful missions in Vietnam with the [281st Assault Helicopter Company of the 1st Aviation Brigade as Wolf Pack 10]. Bob was a Chief Warrant Officer and served his country receiving numerous medals, including Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, National Service Defense Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army Aviator Badge and honorable mentions.
Later in life, Bob studied at Northeast Community College and earned a drafting degree. He worked at Marv-Rosvold Architecture firm and also Kinning & Reil in Norfolk as a mechanical engineer. Bob was an avid collector of model cars and his love of drafting and design lead him to an extensive assortment of these model vehicles over the years, meticulously creating and finishing each piece and displaying them proudly.
Bob is survived by his children: Carmen Kath Garden of North Bergen NJ; Robin (Kevin) Kerr of Ansonia, CT; Brian (Rosanne) Kath of Willmar, MN; Kelli Kath of Atlantic Beach, FL.”
Bob's awards for his heroic service include the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars (one for valor),
two Army Commendation medals (one for valor), thirty-three Air Medals (one for valor), and
the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
CWO 2 STEPHEN F. KAY
Steve died as a result of an aircraft accident on February 14, 1969.
He was a graduate of class 67-17 at Ft. Rucker, Alabama
BELTON W. KING
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 21:24:47 EST
Subject: 281st AHC DAT Info.
Jack, I was looking through the DAT files not too long ago and was distressed to
learn that Belton King had died. I knew him well back in 1965-66. He
had come to the 145th Airlift Platoon as a gunner from the 25th Division during
the Shotgun Program, if I remember correctly. He was a great guy in the
air and in our Hooch.
I did a little research on the Internet and found an Obituary from the
Savannah Morning News with information about his passing at too young an age.
I have attached it so that you can consider adding it to his DAT notice.
In my mind I can clearly see his smiling face with his ever-present cigarette.
Hopefully, it's because I've got a picture of him somewhere. If I find it,
I'll forward to the Association.
Obituaries for August 22, 1999
Savannah Morning News
" AUGUSTA -- Belton Wayne King, 56, died Aug. 17. 1999.He was a native of Rock
Hill, S.C. and had lived in Augusta for many years. He was a Vietnam veteran,
having served as a sergeant in the Army, where he received numerous National
Defense Service Medals, the Purple Heart, Expert Rifle Medals, Vietnam Service
Medals, and Vietnam Campaign Medals. He was a lifelong member of Disabled
Veterans of Columbia Post No. 28. SURVIVORS: three sisters, Margaret Jo Lee of
Savannah, Mary E. Dawkins of Waycross, and Annette McSwain of Columbia; a niece,
Diane Harrell; and several other nieces and nephews. GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 10 a.m.
Tuesday in Beaufort National Cemetery. REMEMBRANCES: Disabled Veterans (D.A.V.)
Post 28, Columbia, SC. Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home, Victory Drive Chapel."
Thanks, Duane Vincent
As you know I had sent out some postcards to several addresses we had come up
with in our search for Belton W. King and James Goff. One of the cards came back
as undeliverable for Goff and this morning we received a call from a friend of
Belton King's. He said that he and Belton were lifelong friends and that Belton
died approx. 3 years ago. Just thought you would want to know.
Sent: Monday, July 01, 200212:19 PM
LAWRENCE R. "LARRY" KITTS
Lawrence was one of the original members of the 483rd
Maintenance Detachment and traveled to Vietnam with the unit in 1965. He
served in the 483rd / 281st as a Technical Inspector until May of 1967.
"Lawrence R. Kitts "Larry", age 72 of Clarksville,
passed from this life to be home with the Lord on June 12, 2014.
He was born October 19, 1941 in Memphis, TN. Larry
was a 32nd degree Mason and a 33rd degree Shriner. Larry served in the US
Army and worked in aviation maintenance and supervision for 48 years. He was
employed by DynCorp Intl, and Lockheed Martin in Ft. Campbell, KY.
He was a member of the 281st Assault Helicopter
Company and a Vietnam veteran.
He is preceded in death by his son, Bradley S. Ash.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn G. Kitts of Clarksville; son, Jeffery L.
Ash, Sr. of Clarksville; and Hervie E. Kitts of Memphis; daughters, Michelle
R. Kitts and Lisa Ash Craig, both of Clarksville; sister, Lillian Kitts Earl
of Texas; and brother, William Gregory of Nashville."
Larry's family reports that Larry's wife, and their mom, died on April 26th, 2018. She appears in all three of these photos.
JOSEPH THOMAS KOENIG
Joe's cousin Steve confirms that Joe desired no services after cremation and no obituary.
Nevertheless, the 281st will remember those who served with us.
From: Martin Koening: Martin1037@aol.com.
"Just wanted to
let you know that my cousin, Joseph Thomas Koenig passed away on September 8,
JOHN "COUNTRY" KORSBECK
John passed away on 1 May 2008 at his home in Malta, Montana
after a lengthy illness. "JK", as he was fondly known, served with the Rat Pack of
the 281stAHC during 1969 and 1970 and, as a former member of Special
Forces, he brought valuable experience to the unit.
Following his service JK entered the insurance world where he built a very
successful practice. As a life member he was an active supporter of both the 281st
AHC Association and the Special Operations Association. He is fondly remembered
the folks he served with and those that he befriended in his later years.
survived by his wife Judy, his son Kelly and his daughter Kristie.
Ron Lee wrote:
Stumble around in the dark, trying to do a pre-flight, damn got a new a/c, big
old fellow, wonder where Mop is, oh well , getting daylight now , what is that
written on his beat up old flight helmet - Do Not Fold, Spindle or
Mutilate.....well that’s original....then I saw above the visor cover (Big Sky
Country) who is this guy? Well, that day I met a man that anyone could model
their life after.......Mr. Korsbeck you're clear on the left come on
He was another of the good guys, although I knew him better from the phone
calls and the reunion and the endless entertaining emails than I did in VN.
I sit here not doing a very good job of holding back the tears, something I
haven't ever done much of in my life. Knowing him was way too short of
time, but thank God I at least knew him, and as a friend. Dean
From: Norman Kaufman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: 281st Hq <HQ_281AHC@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Fri, 2 May 2008
Subject: John Korsbeck
I just got off the phone with Judy Korsbeck. She had sad news that none of us
wanted to hear. JK passed away at 8:50 PM last night. JK is at peace and no
longer suffering. Judy has no funeral arrangements just yet but she did say that
a memorial service would probably be on Thursday. She will let me know when the
formal arrangements are made.
JERRY L KROECK
Last known address: Private Rd 3901D, Henderson Tx 75654
Death Certificate issued: Missouri
Employed by Hanna Construction Co.
TRUBEE A. KROTHE