Weikal, William Byron, Jr., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 637th Combat Support Group
Service Years
1955 - 1967
Technical Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Tuy Hoa AB

Casualty Date
Jun 17, 1967
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Evergreen Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
22E 004

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7th Air ForceUS Air Force
  1966-1967, 7th Air Force
  1966-1967, 637th Combat Support Group
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  1961-1973 Vietnam War
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Last Known Activity
TSGT. William Weikal was assigned to the 637th Combat Support Group at Tuy Hoa AB, South Vietnam.

On 17 June 1967 a C-130 (Tail Number 60-0293) of the 722nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 463rd TCW, Mactan AB Philippines, was making a scheduled "round robin" flight originating at and returning to Tan Son Nhut. The aircraft was to make seven stops within South Vietnam before returning to Tan Son Nhut. At An Khe the Hercules started its take off roll for the next leg to Qui Nhon.

Just before the aircraft was about to lift off it suddenly veered to the left and departed the runway. The pilots steered the aircraft back on to the runway but it overshot the end, ran down an embankment and burst into flames. Of the 56 passengers and crew on board a total of 35 were killed, including US, South Vietnamese, and South Korean troops

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