Elwood Eugene RumbaughStaff Sergeant
21ST SPECIAL OPS SQUADRON, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
10 September 1943 - 17 May 1975
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The database page for Elwood Eugene Rumbaugh
While off-loading Marines on the Western Beach of Koh Tang Island, Cambodia, in support of the Mayaguez incident, his CH-53 was hit by ground fire. The pilot managed a single engine takeoff and headed out to sea, skipping along the water, taking on water each time it hit the surface. The helicopter made it nearly a mile off shore when it crashed. The helicopter rolled on its left side and all of the crew managed to exit the helicopter; however, SSgt Rumbaugh disappeared a short time later and is presumed drowned. SSgt Rumbaugh was serving with the 21st SOS at the time of his death, but served with the 20th SOS in 1970-1971.
VirtualWall NoteStaff Sergeant Rumbaugh's remains have not been recovered.
From a fellow Green Hornet,
Woody and his wife were close friends at Minot AFB. It is so disturbing to see such a good man lost, as well as the many others.
From a friend and co-worker,
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a fellow Green Hornet,
16 Apr 2002
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 11/30/2002