1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 16, 2019 9:29 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Joseph Koho - US Air Force Pilot


      Colonel Joseph Koho was the military attaché in Tel-Aviv between 1965-1967.  He returned to the USA and was downed over Viet Nam flying.  I am looking for the right way to spell his name for my biography. I am also interested in more details of his life and his tragic falling during the Viet Nam war. 


      Thank you for your help.


      Joseph Shulam

        • Re: Joseph Koho - US Air Force Pilot
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Shulam,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 9 series for the U.S. Embassy in Israel (Tel-Aviv) during the 1960s. The name of the Military Attaché may be mentioned in the records but keep in mind that military and political files are not considered permanent records of the Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State (Record Group 84). It is possible that there is information about him in the State Department Subject-Numeric Files, 1963-1973 that accessible using the Name Index, 1910-1973. The Name Index is classified and must be searched before records can be viewed. All of these records are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2). Please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          We also searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) for Vietnam War prisoner-of-war lists and casualty lists but were unable to locate Joseph Koho in the listings.


          Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Air Force after 1956 and prior to May 1, 1994 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.


          U.S. Air Force Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPFs) from 1940-1973 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Their email address is stl.archives@nara.gov. Please contact RL-SL for access to these records.


          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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