Lint, Donald Michael, SMSgt

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Last Rank
Senior Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
46270-Weapons Maintenance Technician
Last AFSC Group
Weapons and Munitions
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 16th Special Operations Squadron
Service Years
1958 - 1970
Senior Master Sergeant

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1948
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by MSgt Gerald Lamirand (Jerry) to remember Lint, Donald Michael (Ad Lib), SMSgt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Des Moines, IA
Last Address
Ubon RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Apr 22, 1970
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11W 037

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 Unit Assignments
8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack16th Special Operations Squadron
  1969-1970, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1969-1970, 16th Special Operations Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II  
  1969-1970, AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

 


On the night of 21/22 April 1970 an AC-130A (tail number 54-1625, call sign "Ad Lib") of the 16th Special Operations Squadron departed Ubon RTAFB, Thailand, for a "truck-busting" mission along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in southern Laos. Two tactical aircraft, call signs Killer 1 and Killer 2, joined the AC-130 enroute to the workinng area.

At about 2 AM, while working a target some 25 miles east of Saravan, Laos, Ad Lib was hit by 37mm AAA fire and caught fire. Apart from a single advisory by Major Brooks, no radio calls were received before the burning AC-130 disappeared into the jungle below. Although Killer 1 did not see parachutes, Killer 2 did report the AC-130 crew was bailing out. While Killer 1 departed the area for in-flight refueling, Killer 2 remained on scene and did establish radio contact with a crewmember who identified himself as "Ad Lib 12", Major Fisher's crewman call sign.


At daybreak, search and rescue forces did locate and recover one crewman, Staff Sergeant Eugene L. Fields, but could not establish communications with or locate any of the other ten men. SSgt Fields was unable to offer any insights into what had happened to the ten missing crewmembers; he had groped his way through the smoke-filled cabin, located a parachute, bailed out, got caught up in a tree, and was unable to get to the ground until morning when he was picked up. Enemy activity precluded a ground search and eventually the SAR effort was terminated and the ten men were classed as Missing in Action.


The POW Network and Task Force Omega sites contain additional undocumented information that may or may not be worthy of credence. In 1993, a joint US/Lao team excavated the wreckage of 54-1625 and recovered more than 1,400 fragments of bone and teeth as well as aircrew-related equipment. On 01 Sep 1995 the US government announced that the recovered remains represented all ten of the missing men, and the comingled remains were given a group burial in Arlington National Cemetery on 08 Nov 1995. The family of one airman, Stephen W. Harris, asked that his name be left off the gravestone. The unofficial Arlington Cemetery site contains information from press reports of the time.
   
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