Avery, Allen Jones, TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew Protection
Primary Unit
1970-1972, 115X0, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
Service Years
1961 - 1972
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Auburn, Massachusetts
Last Address
Da Nang AB, RVN

Casualty Date
Apr 06, 1972
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02W 130

 Official Badges 


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  1972, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, American Battle Monuments Commission

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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air Training CommandUS Air Force79th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
Air Force Bases/ Installations3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
  1961-1961, Air Training Command
  1961-1965, 73030, Kirtland Air Force Base
  1966-1967, 115X0, 79th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1968-1969, 115X0, 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1969-1970, 115X0, Eglin Air Force Base
  1970-1972, 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1970-1972, 115X0, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1972 Vietnam War
  1968-1972 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1968-1972 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 My Aircraft/Missiles
HC-130 Hercules  HH-3/CH-3E  Jolly Green Giant  HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)  
  1966-1967, HC-130 Hercules
  1968-1969, HH-3/CH-3E Jolly Green Giant
  1968-1972, HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  From Veteran Times
  Hall of Heroes
  Notes from the Wall
  Apr 05, 2015, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Rec'd 28 Nov 2012:

Airman Missing from Vietnam War Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Allen J. Avery of Arlington, Mass., will be buried April 6 at Arlington National Cemetery. On April 6, 1972, six airmen were flying a combat search and rescue mission in their HH-53C Super Jolly Green Giant helicopter over Quang Tri Province in South Vietnam when they were hit by enemy ground fire and crashed.

In 1988, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) turned over remains they attributed to an American serviceman; however, the name provided by the SRV did not match anyone lost or missing from the Vietnam War. The remains were held by JPAC pending improved technology to facilitate a later identification.

From 1989 to 1992, Joint U.S./SRV field investigations, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), found evidence leading to an aircraft crash site as well as two reported burial sites. Team members recovered human remains and personal effects as well as aircraft debris. As a result, the crew was accounted-for in 1997 and buried as a group at Arlington National Cemetery. Three airmen were also individually identified at that time.

In the mid-2000s, JPAC's laboratory's improved scientific capability enabled them to match the 1988 remains to the correct loss. The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) tested these remains against all servicemen who were MIA from the Vietnam War with negative results. Later AFDIL expanded its search to make comparisons with previously-identified individuals. In 2010, as a result of mitochondrial DNA testing, the remains were matched with four of the six airmen from the 1972 crash, including Avery.

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