Cavallin, Lester Melvin, TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
11470-Load Master Supervisor
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 14th Special Operations Wing
Service Years
1957 - 1969
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Nha Trang AB, South Vietnam

Casualty Date
Sep 01, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
18W 019

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Aircrew Enlisted (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
4th Special Operations Squadron14th Special Operations Wing
  1968-1969, 4th Special Operations Squadron
  1968-1969, 14th Special Operations Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
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AC-47 Spooky/Puff  
  1969-1969, AC-47 Spooky/Puff
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Last Known Activity


TSgt. Cavallin was a loadmaster aboard an AC-47D "Spooky" gunship (#43-49021) from the 4th Special Operations Squadron, stationed at Bien Hoa Airbase.  He was killed during a night patrol when his aircraft was directed to support friendly troopes whose position was under attack about 20 miles east of Bien Hoa AB.  The AC-47 was hit in the starboard wing and crashed killing all 8 crewmen:

Capt Robert P. Acher, pilot Capt James S. Pitches, navigator (posthumous promotion to Major) 1stLt Roy C. Williams, copilot (posthumous promotion to Captain) MSgt Harry H. Wecker, flight mechanic TSgt Willie W. Alley, gunner TSgt Lester M. Cavallin, loadmaster TSgt Albert C. McBride, flight engineer
SSgt Fred W. Smith, gunner

His aircraft was the last of 19 AC-47Ds lost during the war
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