Jaeger, Julius Patrick, Capt

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Primary Unit
1969-1970, 1115A, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1962 - 1970

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles
Last Address
Atlanta, Georgia

Casualty Date
Apr 06, 1970
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Marietta National Cemetery - Marietta, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12W 101

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1970, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)
Navigator Observer (basic)

 Unit Assignments
3630th Flying Training Wing63rd Military Airlift Wing457th Tactical Airlift Squadron 483rd Tactical Airlift Wing
7th Air Force
  1965-1966, 0006, 3630th Flying Training Wing
  1967-1969, 1115A, 63rd Military Airlift Wing
  1969-1970, 1115A, 457th Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1969-1970, 1115A, 483rd Tactical Airlift Wing
  1969-1970, 1115A, 7th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Georgia Institute of TechnologyUniversity of New Mexico
  1957-1958, Georgia Institute of Technology
  1958-1962, University of New Mexico
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  C-141 Starlifter  C-7 Caribou  
  1962-1966, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1966-1969, C-141 Starlifter
  1970-1970, C-7 Caribou
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Jaeger served as a B-52 navigator after receiving training at K.I. Sawyer AFB, Marquette, Michigan, in 1962, and served in this capacity for 3 years. He was then selected for pilot training which he received at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was assigned to Norton AFB in San Bernardino, California where he flew the C-141 transport as a co-pilot.

In Vietnam, he was assigned to the 457th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 483rd Tactical Airlift Wing.

He was lost in the crash of his C-7A Caribou (#63-9746) when it was shot down by enemy ground forces.  The aircraft was on a mission to resupply the Special Forces Camp at Dak Seang (A-245) while it was under siege.

Capt. Julius P. Jaeger
1st Lt. Theron C. Fehrenbach II
TSgt Gordon M. Gaylord

"The resupply of (A-245) Dak Seang (a Special Forces camp) continued on the 5th (April) when seven Caribous successfully made airdrops, although very few of the loads could be recovered.

On the 6th of April, the last of three Caribous to be lost during the siege of Dak Seang was shot down by ground fire as it was pulling up from its dropping run. The aircraft burst into flames and crashed close to the camp killing the crew.

Six Caribou sorties were flown on the 6th but, again, most of the loads could not recovered. The next night three successful drops were made by Caribous in conjunction with an AC-119 gunship that provided spotlight illumination during the final moments of the run in. This technique was used successfully for 68 drops over the next five nights, which enabled the defenders to hold on until the situation improved enough for daylight drops and then landings to be made at the camp."
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Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain Julius Patrick Jaeger, United States Air Force, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force while serving with the 457th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 483d Tactical Airlift Wing, SEVENTH Air Force, at Dak Seang, Republic of Vietnam, on 6 April 1970.

On that date, as a C-7A Instructor Pilot, Captain Jaeger voluntarily flew his aircraft through a heavy barrage of hostile anti-aircraft fire in order to airdrop critically needed supplies by a Special Forces camp under heavy attack by opposing forces. Captain Jaeger, with complete disregard for his own safety, successfully airdropped the critically needed supplies to the besieged camp to sustain the lives of its defenders.

By his gallantry and devotion to duty in the dedication of his service to his country, Captain Jaeger has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: April 6, 1970
Service: Air Force
Rank: Captain
Battalion: 457th Tactical Airlift Squadron
Regiment: 483d Tactical Airlift Wing
Division: 7th Air Force
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