Abara, Jose Gene, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43570-Flight Engineer Technician
Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 113X0, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
Service Years
1964 - 1968
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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Long Branch
Last Address
Long Branch

Casualty Date
Feb 07, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Woodbine Cemetery - Oceanport, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
37E 076

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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
38th Air Rescue Squadron3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
  1966-1968, 113X0, 38th Air Rescue Squadron
  1968-1968, 113X0, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)  
  1966-1968, HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 37E 076

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation

Jose Gene Abara, the son of Cayetana S. and Frederick Abara of Long Branch, NJ, was born in the Philippines on May 15, 1945. He attended the Far East Command Dependent School, Camp Hakata, Japan; Ft. Monmouth Grade School, Ft. Monmouth, NJ; Vetter Elementary School, Eatontown, NJ; Radford High School, Honolulu, HI; and graduated from Lewiston-Porter Central Senior High School, Lewiston, NY, in 1963. He was a champion tennis player at Lewiston-Porter Central High School, and won awards with his solo performances on the saxophone at the New York Solo Festival. He was an award-winning bowler and won trophies as a youngster in Hawaii for little league baseball. He also won certificates from the National Rifle Association at Ft. Monmouth, NJ.

Abara entered active service in the US Air Force on October 13, 1964, and upon completion of basic training, he was selected to attend the helicopter mechanic school at Sheppard Air Force Base, TX. After a short training course, he departed for South Vietnam and was assigned to Detachment 9, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Pleiku, Vietnam, on November 15, 1966. He attained the rank of Sergeant (SGT).

Abara was killed in action on February 7, 1968, in the city of Kontum, Republic of Vietnam. While assigned as a helicopter flight mechanic, he was participating in a mission to rescue seriously wounded ground personnel when the helicopter was hit by hostile ground fire and exploded.

The awards and decorations earned by Abara include: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Crew Member Wing Badge, Purple Heart, Air Force Outstanding Unit Ribbon, Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Occupation Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and a plaque from Kaman Aircraft Corporation.

He was laid to rest in Woodbine Cemetery, Oceanport, NJ, in 1968.

Information provided by Cayetana and Frederick Abara (parents) and NJVVMF.


See also:
http://hh43b-husky.net/PedroMemorial/GH%20Bonnell.html (has details of the shootdown by an RPG).

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation

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