Dixon, Lee Chris, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 774th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium
Service Years
1961 - 1966
Captain

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1937
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Orland
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut AB

Casualty Date
Jan 07, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Masonic Cemetery - Orland, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04E 056

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Dixon was flying combat missions in Vietnam from Mactan AFB in the Philippines in 1965 and it appears elements (including the 774th Troop Carrier Squadron) of the 463th Troop Carrier Wing at Mactan AFB were temporarily based at Tan Son Nhut in 1966 as part of a rotation. He seems to have been at Pleiku, and TDY to the 315th Air Commando Group in Vietnam.

On 7 January 1966, a C-130 with five Air Force crew members aboard, including Capt. Richard J. Callanan, Capt Lee C. Dixon, Navigator, 1st Lt. Jon A. Greenley, SSgt James R. Lute and Airman 2nd Class Lowell F. White, crashed. The aircraft departed Tan Son Nhut AB on a resupply mission and while in the process of entering into a landing pattern south of Pleiku, at approximately 1,500 feet altitude, it was observed to explode due to ground fire and crash. The remains Captain Dixon were recovered.
Source: http://memwall.usafalibrary.com

"Air Force Academy Accepts 774th Memorial Book Fund

A memorial book fund has been accepted by the Air Force Academy in honor of five Mactan Air Base flyers who lost their lives in action in Vietnam.

The fund of $240 was raised by members of the 774th Troop Carrier Sq. and was contributed to the friends of the deceased crewmembers and by other units here. It will bear memorial bookplates.

The bookplates bear the Academy Seal and the inscription: 'In Memory of Capt. R.J. Callanan, Capt L.C. Dixon, AFB Class '61, 1st Lt. J.A. Greenley, SSgt J.R. Lute, A1C L.F. White, Lost in Vietnam 7 January 1966."

Source: The Yankee Doodle, Page 11, Sept 19, 1966 (The Yankee Doodle is an official Class 2 U.S. Air Force publication, published for USAF personnel at Mactan AB, Republic of the Philippines...)
   
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 Unit Assignments
Air Training CommandTroop Carrier Units315th Air Commando Group, Troop CarrierUS Air Force
  1962-1962, Air Training Command
  1964-1965, 774th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium
  1966-1966, 315th Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier
  1966-1966, 1531A, Air Force Airlift Wings
  1966-1966, 774th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
New Mexico Military InstituteUnited States Air Force Academy
  1955-1956, Shasta Community College
  1956-1957, New Mexico Military Institute
  1958-1961, United States Air Force Academy1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-130 Hercules  
  1962-1966, C-130 Hercules
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