Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Marine Corps 1
First Lieutenant 1
29 Oct 1943 1
29 Nov 1969 1

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Full Name:
Kenneth Bruce Kohei Kozai 1
29 Oct 1943 1
Male 1
29 Nov 1969 1
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 1
Age at Death: 26 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 29 Nov 1969 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM 1
Marital Status: Single 1

Vietnam War 1

Marine Corps 1
First Lieutenant 1
Air Wing:
1st MAW 1
Enlistment Type:
Reserve 1
O2 1
Major Command:
Marine Corps 1
Pilot U H-1 N Qualified (USMC) 1
HMM-364 1
Tour Start Date:
20 Jan 1969 1
Years Served:
8 1
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Asian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 5 1
Panel: 15W 1

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Thank you Lt. for your service to this great nation and to our Corps...

THE WALL Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives
"War drew us from our homeland In the sunlit springtime of our youth. Those who did not come back alive remain in perpetual springtime -- forever young -- And a part of them is with us always." --- Author Unknown --- God Bless  You      

To My Dearest Family

To My Dearest Family


Some things I'd like to say,

but first of all to let you know

that I arrived okay

I'm writing this from Heaven

where I dwell with God above

where there's no more tears

or sadness there

is just eternal love

Please do not be unhappy

just because I'm out of sight

remember that I'm with you

every morning, noon and night

That day I had to leave you

when my life on Earth was through

God picked me up and hugged me

and He said I welcome you

It's good to have you back again

you were missed while you were gone

as for your dearest family

they'll be here later on

I need you here so badly

as part of My big plan

there's so much that we have to do

to help our mortal man

Then God gave me a list of things

He wished for me to do

and foremost on that list of mine

is to watch and care for you

And I will be beside you

every day and week and year

and when you're sad

I'm standing there

to wipe away the tear

And when you lie in bed at night

the days chores put to flight

God and I are closest to you

in the middle of the night

When you think of my life on Earth

and all those loving years

because you're only human

they are bound to bring you tears

But do not be afraid to cry

it does relieve the pain

remember there would be no flowers

unless there was some rain

I wish that I could tell you

of all that God has planned

but if I were to tell you

you wouldn't understand

But one thing is for certain

though my life on Earth is o're

I am closer to you now

than I ever was before

And to my very many friends

trust God knows what is best

I'm still not far away from you

I'm just beyond the crest

There are rocky roads ahead of you

and many hills to climb

but together we can do it

taking one day at a time

It was always my philosophy

and I'd like it for you too

that as you give unto the World

so the World will give to you

If you can help somebody

who is in sorrow or in pain

then you can say to God at night

my day was not in vain

And now I am contented

that my life it was worthwhile

knowing as I passed along the way

I made somebody smile

So if you meet somebody

who is down and feeling low

just lend a hand to pick him up

as on your way you go

When you are walking

down the street

and you've got me on your mind

I'm walking in your footsteps

only half a step behind

And when you feel the gentle breeze

or the wind upon your face

that's me giving you a great big hug

or just a soft embrace

And when it's time for you to go

from that body to be free

remember you're not going

you are coming here to me

And I will always love you

from that land way up above

Will be in touch again soon

P.S. God sends His Love


KENNETH BRUCE KOHEI KOZAI 1LT - O2 - Marine Corps Length of service 8 years His tour began on Jan 20, 1969 Casualty was on Nov 29, 1969 In QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - PILOT AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND Body was recovered Vietnam Wall Panel coords 15W 005 ------------------- On the morning of 17 August Ken had manned his aircraft on the flight deck of the USS Valley Forge, or the "Happy Valley" as some called her, in preparation to offload the squadron to MCAS Futima. Ken was boldly displaying his heritage with the traditional "Samurai Warrior" head band as he waited for the command to start engines. The head band had become Ken's trade mark when flying combat missions in Vietnam. Ken returned to Vietnam in either late October or early November and was assigned to HMM-364. Shortly thereafter he was subjected to a rigorous check ride administered by LtCol. Dunbaugh, the squadron's commanding officer, who found him totally capable of serving the "Purple Foxes" as an aircraft commander. On Saturday, November 29, 1969 Ken was the pilot of a medical evacuation mission tasked with evacuating a seriously wounded Marine somewhere south of LZ Ross. The crash of YK-9 was the result of the failure of the synchronization shaft running between the forward and aft transmissions. This allowed the intermeshing rotor blades to make contact with each other shearing them off while the aircraft was in flight. The total destruction of the aircraft made it extremely difficult to determine if the synchronization shaft failure was due to direct enemy action or simply a mechanical failure. When the wreckage was returned to Marble Mountain Air Facility, the squadron's Executive Officer, Major Jack Pipa, spent hours examining the wreckage and determined a 50cal (or Russian 51cal) round had entered the bottom of the aircraft, continued through the radio cabinet behind the cockpit and then striking the synchronization shaft causing it to fail.

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