Steven Jay Popkin
Captain
244TH AVN CO (SURV), 307TH AVN BN, 164TH AVN GROUP,
1ST AVIATION BDE, USARV
Army of the United States
Springfield, Massachusetts
March 31, 1938 to February 28, 1968
STEVEN J POPKIN is on the Wall at Panel 41E, Line 71

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Steven J Popkin

CPT STEVEN JAY POPKIN

 
September 2000

To my father.

We are missing you and mom badly and have faith that you are reunited in heaven together, forever.
All your sons' love, Aaron, Joshua and David
(requested by Aaron apopkin@bulloch.net)

 
Steven's friend Ronald L Vaughn also remembers 
him with love and regret at his death.

I will never forget.

 
Crashed While on Visual Reconnaisance Mission

From the 244th Unit History: Wednesday, 28 February, brought personal tragedy again to the 244th Aviation Company. Captain Steven J. Popkin, the unit's colorful mess officer, and his observer, Captain Joseph Clarence Doyle, IV Corp G2 Air, had crashed while on a visual reconnaissance mission in Kien Phong sector

Speculation within the company was that Captain Popkin experienced mechanical problems, had an inexperienced observer and rode the aircraft down trying to get the observer out. At least that is what the unit believed in order to justify his loss.


From the Congressional Record, June 18, 2007, Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, discussion centered on why some Vietnam Veterans still have not visited the Wall in Washington, D.C. Part of the testimony involved CPT Popkin:

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At the time of his death, WO Steven J. Popkin was survived by his wife, Carolyn Meta (Petterson) Popkin and 3 sons, Aaron K., Joshua D., and David L. Popkin, Mohawk Street, Morristown, Tennessee. He was also survived by his mother, Gertrude (Smernoff) Popkin and father, Jacob Popkin of Porter Lake Drive, Springfield, Massachusetts. WO and Mrs. Carolyn Popkin are buried in the Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Steven J Popkin

- - The Virtual Wall, Octdober 30, 2014

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