Donaghy, Edgar Stoms, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 408th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Service Years
1953 - 1965
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
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Casualty Date
May 16, 1965
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Other Accident
Bien Hoa (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 116

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
34th Tactical Group408th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  1965-1965, 34th Tactical Group
  1965-1965, 408th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-57 Canberra  
  1965-1965, B-57 Canberra
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Last Known Activity

SSgt Edgar Stoms Donaghy was assigned to the 408th Consolidated Maintenance Squadron under the 34th Tactical Group. The specific details of his death are vague, but the following sources reflect the incident that took his life:

"The Bien Hoa Air Base Vietnam May 16 1965 Conflagration/Fire accident investigation board concluded the accidental explosion of a bomb on a parked B-57 at Bien Hoa triggered a series of blasts. The aircraft and the ammunition were stored too close together which allowed the fires and explosions to propagate. The accident investigation Board recommended improvements. In the face of such experience, engineers initiated a major program to construct revetments and aircraft shelters to protect the valuable assets."


One airman who was there on that day wrote "These were men I saw just about every day. I don't know if this incident was the result of an accident or hostile fire but I do know that these men gave their lives for their country..These men were not rookies, all were senior airman and officers and they were there because they wanted to be...Many airmen braved the explosions and flames to pull aircraft out of harms way. There were many acts of bravery that went unseen and unheralded." Source:

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