Estes, Merle Edward, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
113X0-Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 315th Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier
Service Years
1951 - 1965
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Winchester, KY
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut AB/Nha Trang AB, South Vietnam

Casualty Date
Jun 11, 1965
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Winchester Cemetary - Winchester, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 007

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Combat Crew Air Commando

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Kentucky Vietnam Veterans MemorialVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1965, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
310th Air Commando Squadron, Troop Carrier315th Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier
  1965-1965, 310th Air Commando Squadron, Troop Carrier
  1965-1965, 315th Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War
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C-123 Provider  
  1965-1965, C-123 Provider
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  Jun 11, 2014, Other/Link(s)
  Oct 30, 2015, General Photos1
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Last Known Activity
SSgt. Merle Edward Estes served with the 310th Air Commando Squadron, 315th Air Commando Group, 13th Air Force, Nha Trang AB, RVN. He had been previously trained at Hurlburt Field #9 prior to Vietnam.

He was a crew member aboard a C-123B (# 56-4379) that  crashed while attemping a resupply drop in marginal weather south of Pleiku (8 miles south of Holloway Field)  on 11 June 1965:

Aircrew, 310th Air Commando Squadron:
Major Samuel J. Ganci
Capt Alvin J. Dimond
Capt Terrence R. Titus
SSgt Paul G. Dawson
SSgt Merle E. Estes
SSgt Norman C. Williams
A1C James A. Coy

Dropmasters, HQ Company, 5th Special Forces Group:
SSG Jesse H. Lawson
SP5 Milo B. Stibbins

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