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United States Marine Corps Group Burial
Vietnam: 6 June 1968
Full Name: KURT ELTON LA PLANT
Date of Birth: 12/11/1948
Date of Casualty: 6/6/1968
Home of Record: LENEXA, KANSAS
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS 
Rank: LCPL 
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: QUANG TRI
Status: MIA

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Full Name: RALPH LEWIS HARPER
Date of Birth: 1/14/1948
Date of Casualty: 6/6/1968
Home of Record: INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS
Rank: LCPL
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: QUANG TRI
Status: MIA
Full Name: JOSE RAMON SANCHEZ

Date of Birth: 3/15/1949
Date of Casualty: 6/6/1968
Home of Record: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS
Rank: PFC
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: QUANG TRI
Status: MIA
U.S. Department of Defense

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 934-08
November 05, 2008

Marines Missing From Vietnam War Are Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of four U.S. servicemen, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

They are Lance Corporal Kurt E. La Plant, of Lenexa, Kansas, and Lance Corporal Luis F. Palacios, of Los Angeles, California. Remains that could not be individually identified are included in a group. Among the group remains are Lance Corporal Ralph L. Harper, of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Private First Class Jose R. Sanchez, of Brooklyn, New York. All men were U.S. Marine Corps. Palacios will be buried Friday in Bellflower, California, and the other Marines will be buried as a group in the spring in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

On June 6, 1968, these men were aboard a CH-46A Sea Knight helicopter that was attempting an emergency extraction of elements of the 1st Battalion, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division then engaged against hostile forces in the mountains southwest of Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. The helicopter was struck by enemy ground fire and crashed, killing 12 of the 23 crewmen and passengers on board. All but four of the men who died were subsequently recovered and identified.


HARPER, RALPH LEWIS
LCPL   US MARINE CORPS
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/14/1948
DATE OF DEATH: 06/06/1968
BURIED AT: SECTION 60  SITE 8980
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

LA PLANT, KURT ELTON    
 LCPL   US MARINE CORPS  
 DATE OF BIRTH: 12/11/1948  
 DATE OF DEATH: 06/06/1968  
 BURIED AT: SECTION 60  SITE 8980   
 ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY 

SANCHEZ, JOSE RAMON
PFC   US MARINE CORPS
DATE OF BIRTH: 03/15/1949
DATE OF DEATH: 06/06/1968
BURIED AT: SECTION 60  SITE 8980
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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Posted: 5 November 2008
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