2 LT Carol Ann Drazba, RN

2 LT Carol Ann Drazba, RN (HM26WU)

Location: Scranton, PA 18503 Lackawanna County
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N 41° 24.765', W 75° 39.877'

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Army of the United States of America

—December 11, 1943 - February 18, 1966 —

2 LT Carol Ann Drazba, RN, US Army
51st Field Hospital - 3rd Field Hospital, Saigon
68th Medical Group - 44th Medical Bde

2 LT Carol Ann Drazba, RN, a Dumore native, answered her country's call to minister to the sick, wounded and dying soldiers serving in Vietnam. Upon arrival at the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon, October 13, 1965, she worked tirelessly attending to the injured and dying. On February 18, 1966, Carol, fellow military nurse 2 LT Elizabeth Jones, RN, and physician CAPT Thomas Stasko, boarded a helicopter with a crew of four for a short, well-deserved period of R&R in Dalat, South Vietnam. Tragically, their helicopter crashed 20 minutes into flight. All seven brave & patriotic Souls were lost. Carol was escorted home by her nursing school classmate & lifelong friend, Dunmore native 2 LT Marianne Fisher Mooney, US Army who also volunteered to go to Vietnam and was stationed at the 93rd Evac Hospital in Long Bin, Vietnam. There are only eight women listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Carol's name can be found on panel 05E, Line 046. She is buried at the Sacred Hearts Cemetery located in the Minooka section of Scranton, PA. Carol Ann Drazba together with Elizabeth Jones were the first American women military nurses to die in the Vietnam War. In 1964, Carol Ann Drazba, RN, graduated from The

Scranton State General Hospital School of Nursing, that stood on this site, now The Gino Merli Veterans Center.
Dedicated June 16, 2012
[Images of UH-1 Huey "Dust Off" Medevac Helicopter and Those Lost With 2LT Drazba]
Second Lieutenant Elizabeth Ann Jones

RN, Passenger on Helicopter
51st/3rd Field Hospital
Captain Thomas W. Stasko
MD, Passenger on Helicopter
51st/3rd Field Hospital
Lt. Colonel Charles M. Honour, Jr.
Pilot of Helicopter
145th Aviation Battalion
Captain Albert M. Smith Jr.
Co-Pilot of Helicopter
145th Aviation Battalion
Gary A. Artman
SP-4, Crew Chief of Helicopter
197th Aviation Company
Christopher J. Lantz
SP-4, Gunner on Helicopter
197th Aviation Company
[Memorial Bench]
Dunmore High School
Class of 1960 & Friends
2nd Lt Anthony Joseph Battista USMC
SP4 Thomas William Malloy Army
SP4 Karl Francis Rynearson Army
PVT Thomas Michael Wharton Army

Friends of the Forgotten
HM NumberHM26WU
Year Placed2012
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 444454 N 4584790
Decimal Degrees41.41275000, -75.66461667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 24.765', W 75° 39.877'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 24' 45.9" N, 75° 39' 52.62" W
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Area Code(s)570
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-438 Franklin Ave, Scranton PA 18503, US
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