Jeffords, Derrell Blackburn, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 13th Air Force
Service Years
1945 - 1965

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Phoenix, Arizona

Casualty Date
Dec 24, 1965
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04E 037

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  1965, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2012, American Battle Monuments Commission

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments
4th Air Commando Squadron13th Air Force
  1965-1965, 4th Air Commando Squadron
  1965-1965, 13th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AC-47 Spooky/Puff  
  1965-1965, AC-47 Spooky/Puff
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Col. Derrell Jeffords was shot down on 24 December 1965, aboard an AC-47D gunship, call sign "Spooky 21." They were on an armed reconnaissance/strike mission over the panhandle of Laos.

As the gunship made its way westward, it was diverted to a second location 18 miles east-northeast of Saravane. Shortly before contact was lost with the gunship at 1050 hours, one of the crew broadcast, "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, Spooky 21" over the UHF emergency frequency. The aircrews of two separate aircraft who were also operating in this sector heard the gunship's final radio transmission.

At 1448 hours, an extensive search and rescue (SAR) operation was initiated. During the entire search effort, SAR aircraft were subjected to intense enemy ground fire emanating from the jungle below. The search was terminated at 1500 hours on 26 December when no trace of the aircraft or crew was found.

At the conclusion of the search, military personnel determined the aircraft was downed by enemy action and weather conditions played no part in its loss. They were listed as MIA.

Remains were eventually obtained from Laos and the crew was interred in a combined grave in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, Plot: Section 60 Grave 10047.

According to Memorial Grave Marker in Riverside National Cemetery, California, Capt. Jeffords served during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
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