Bonner, John Sidney, Jr., Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1970
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
McAllen, Texas
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut AB

Casualty Date
May 31, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10W 123

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 Unit Assignments
834th Air Division7th Air Force
  1969-1970, 834th Air Division
  1969-1970, 7th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1969-1970 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)  
  1969-1970, UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt.Col John Sidney Bonner, Jr., was assigned to the 834th Air Division, 7th AF, USAF. He was a veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

On 31 May 1970, a UH-1H (tail number 68-16528) of the 120th Assault Helicopter Company was tasked to provide transportation for an airfield inspection team from the 834th Air Division. The UH-1, call sign DEAN 528, departed Long Binh at 0725 enroute Saigon to pick up the team and departed Saigon at 0745 enroute Vung Tau. The flight proceeded without incident, stopping at Long Binh, O'Rang, Bu Dop, and Loc Ninh.

When DEAN 528 departed Loc Ninh enroute Saigon at about 1625 there were thunderstorms in the area. At 1800 the Capital Air Traffic Control Center advised the 120th AHC Operations Center that DEAN 528 had not requested or received flight following enroute Saigon. The 120th AHC initiated telephone and radio searches, but DEAN 528 was not located. Nightfall and adverse weather conditions precluded airborne searches until about 1000 01 June, when the 120th AHC and other units commenced search operations.
A 1st Cav Div OH-6A helicopter located DEAN 528 at approximately 1330; the UH-1 had crashed and burned. A 120th AHC UH-1 landed near the wreckage as soon as it was secured by ground forces. The 120th AHC crew removed the bodies of nine men from the wreckage:



 
   
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