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Isom Carter Cochran, Jr., was a Private First Class in the United States Army when he was killed in South Vietnam on 23 May 1968. Cochran was born on 03 April 1947, and his home city of record is Houston, Texas. Cochran's remains have not been returned.

The Incident

Rifleman Cochran was making a river crossing in the Pleiku area of South Vietnam with two individuals. He slipped and went under twice and was last seen 125 meters downriver from the crossing point. The other individuals tried to rescue him, but could not due to the bad river conditions.

Air and ground searches were made for an extended distance down the river without results. The following day a ground search was made still further down the river, but still no trace of Cochran could be found.


Biographical and incident of loss information was obtained from either POW/NET and/or Task Force Omega, Inc (unless otherwise noted). Additional information may be found via remembrances at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund or The Virtual Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial.