Hartson, Stanley Gerald, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Primary Unit
1962-1962, 314th Air Division
Service Years
1959 - 1962
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
The current guardian of this Remembrance Page is SMSgt Gary Wiesner (Asst. AFTWS Chief Admin).

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This Remembrance Profile was originally created by Sgt Stephen Willcox - Deceased
Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Bien Hoa AB

Casualty Date
Feb 11, 1962
MIA-Finding of Death
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Lam Dong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Oak Ridge Cemetery - Inverness, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 006
Military Service Number
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Air Commando Squadron314th Air Division
  1962-1962, 1st Air Commando Squadron
  1962-1962, 314th Air Division
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
  1962-1962, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Hartson boarded a Vietnamese SC-47A aircraft (# 15732 on a missionbetween Saigon enroute to Danang  to drop propaganda leaflets with a New Year's message from President Kennedy over the high plateau area of central Vietnam....
As the aircraft swept low near the village of Blao, a concealed enemy force opened fire. The plane was struck by small arms fire and crashed in the mountains southwest of the village. A joint US / Vietnamese rescue team was sent to the crash site. 
The following crew and passengers were aboard the aircraft: 
6 USAF Personnel:   
Capt. Edward Kissam
Capt. Joseph Fahey
1st Lt Jack Le Tourneau
1st Lt Stanley Hartson
TSgt Floyd Frazier
A1C Robert Westfall
U.S. Army Personnel
2nd Lt. Lewis Walling
SP4 Glen Merrihew
2 unknown South Vietnamese Air Force personnel
Hartson Street at Hurlbert Field was named in his honor.

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