Avery, Allen Jones, TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew Protection
Primary Unit
1970-1972, 115X0, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
Service Years
1961 - 1972
Technical Sergeant

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Home Town
Auburn, Massachusetts
Last Address
Da Nang AB, RVN

Casualty Date
Apr 06, 1972
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02W 130

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ALLEN JONES AVERY is honored on Panel 2W, Row 130 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Full Name: ALLEN JONES AVERY Wall Name: ALLEN J AVERY Date of Birth: 2/22/1943 Date of Casualty: 4/6/1972 Home of Record: AUBURN State: MA Branch of Service: AIR FORCE Rank: TSGT Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM Casualty Province: QUANG TRI The following remembrances have been left at The Virtual Wall for ALLEN JONES AVERY: I wore your name Posted by J.O.M., I wore his/her MIA bracelet CITATIONS FOR AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR AND OAK LEAF CLUSTER TO THIS HERO OF THE AIR FORCE Posted by CLAY MARSTON, BIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCHER - USAF This we do....

Posted by Richard A. Calma, Major, Civil Air Patrol, USAF-Aux. Do not stand at my grave and weep Posted by Bob Ross, Vietnam Veteran We Remember Posted by Robert Sage Who Shall We Send Posted by Dave Avery, Other: Allen Jones Avery to my hero Posted by angela k, adopted brother i love him so THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE Posted by In Honored Remembrance Posted by Michael Robert Patterson, A Grateful American -------

CITATIONS FOR AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR AND OAK LEAF CLUSTER to ALLEN JONES AVERY (First Award) Citation: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Allen Jones Avery, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Rescue Specialist on an HH-3E helicopter in Southeast Asia on 5 October 1968. On that date, Sergeant Avery volunteered to attempt the extremely hazardous extraction of a Special Forces team after their insertion helicopter had been shot down and the team surrounded by hostile forces. En route to the distress site he learned that a rescue helicopter had been shot down while attempting the extraction, fatally injuring two crew members. Despite low cloud cover, which prevented the use of fighter escort, Sergeant Avery, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, penetrated the hostile area and directed his helicopter to a hover adjacent the burning crash site. During the prolonged hover, Sergeant Avery provided accurate suppressive machine gun fire and assisted in the rescue of the two crash survivors and the six surviving team members. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Avery has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. ALLEN JONES AVERY (Second Award - POSTHUMOUS) Citation: The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Allen Jones Avery, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, who distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Quang Tri City, Republic of Vietnam, on 6 April 1972. On that date, Sergeant Avery was flying as a Pararescue Specialist of an HH-53C Rescue Helicopter that was attempting to rescue the survivors of a downed United States aircraft from certain death or capture by hostile armed forces. Flying into a heavily defended area, the aircraft encountered severe ground hostile fire rendering the aircraft uncontrollable at an extremely low altitude. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Avery has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. ----------

dear allen dear hero dear adopted brother i love you with my all heart god knows i do i wish so much you know that too sending you my best wishes love hope prayers greetings to heaven can i meet you when i get there allen? wishing I can! i want to hug you and say thank you so much i want to tell you brave brother of mine proud of you love you miss you you are forever inmy heart all my love best wishes gos out to you and to your family and friends god bless you cu when i get there salute you Posted by: angela k Email: Relationship: adopted brother i love him so Friday, November 1, 2002 -------

Together with Pararescueman Sgt. William R. Pearson and the rest of their crew: Captain Peter H Chapman, 1st Lt. John H. Call III, Sgt. Roy D. Prater, and one other. This entire crew of Jolly 67, from the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (Da Nang) was lost in an attempt to rescue BAT 21 Bravo. USAF PARARESCUE Creed - "It is my duty as a Pararescueman to save life and aid the injured. I will be prepared at all times to perform my assigned duties quickly and efficiently, placing these duties before personal desires and comforts. These things I do, That Others May Live." On 19 November, 1997 the crew of Jolly 67, and their families were all together. Posted by: Email: Relationship: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 --------

Birth: Feb. 22, 1943 Sumner Bremer County Iowa, USA Death: Apr. 6, 1972 Quang Nam, Vietnam Technical Sergeant Allen Jones Avery was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Air Force, TSGT Avery served our country until April 6, 1972 in South Vietnam. He left behind his former wife and his daughter, Debbie (Avery) McBride. Allen died from an undetermined explosion. His body was recovered on June 7, 1994 and was identified on September 25, 1997. TSGT Avery is on panel 02W, line 130 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He is also listed on the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Greenhill Park in Worcester, Massachusetts. Lt. John Call, Potomac, Md.; Capt. Peter Chapman, Centerburg, Ohio; Sgt. James Alley, Plantation, Fla.; Sgt. Allen Avery, Auburn, Mass.; Sgt. Roy Prater, Tiffin, Ohio; and Sgt. William Pearson, Webster, N.H., were on a search-and-rescue operation aboard a Sikorsky HH-53 helicopter, named the ``Jolly Green 67,'' near Dong Ha, South Vietnam, on April 6, 1972. The crew was trying to rescue two downed airmen when the helicopter was shot down. They were all killed in the crash. They were MIA for 25 years. Their bodies were subsequently recovered and identified in 1997 and they were laid to rest with full military honors, including a helicopter flyover, at Arlington National Cemetery on November 19, 1997. Welcome home and rest in peace. These soldiers were part of a rescue attempt that was recounted in the 1988 movie ``Bat 21,'' starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover. My sincere thanks to Tony Hatler for sponsoring Sgt Allen Jones Avery's memorial. I'd like to thank TSGT Avery's daughter Debbie, for writing to me. I want your father's memorial to be the best it can be. You must be very proud of him and I know he must be very proud of you. Burial: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Arlington County Virginia, USA Plot: Section 34 Site 680-A Created by: Always Remembered~Susan ... Record added: Feb 27, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 24912448 --------

Twenty-five years after the longest search-and-rescue mission in Air Force history, two pararescuemen, a mechanic, photographer, pilot and co-pilot, were remembered November 19, 1997 for giving their lives trying to save others. Six crewmen from Jolly Green 67, Captains John Call III and Peter Chapman II, Technical Sergeants Allen J. Avery, James Alley and Roy D. Prater, and Sergeant William R. Pearson, were honored at Arlington National Cemetery. Their remains were recently returned home from their fatal attempt to rescue a downed navigator in Vietnam; their helicopter crashed after being hit by enemy fire. The object of their rescue attempt was Lieutenant Colonel Iceal Hambleton, whose call sign was Bat-21. He was flying aboard an EB-66 leading a B-52 bomber strike when his aircraft was struck by a surface-to-air missile. The only one to eject safely, Hambleton landed near a highway junction on a Communist supply route. Intelligence sources reported 30,000 enemy troops in the area. On the fourth day of search-and-rescue operations, Jolly Green 67 went down. All aboard were lost. Air Force, Army and Navy teams continued fighting for the next seven days to retrieve Hambleton before he was saved. A quarter century later, the funeral service for the Jolly Green 67 crew began with a fly-over by two MH-53J Pave Low III helicopters from Hurlburt Field, Florida. The Air Force Honor Guard and Air Force Band from Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., also helped commemorate the event. Among the mass of people at Arlington paying respects to the helicopter crew were red beret-wearing pararescuemen who honored their fallen comrades. The veterans also represented pararescuers who served in Southeast Asia and rescued more than 3,800 servicemembers during the war. Among those who could not attend the funeral was Bat-21 himself; however, the 78-year-old Hambleton wrote about how much he appreciated the sacrifice of the Jolly Green 67 crew. Dan Manion, one of many pararescuemen who helped search for Hambleton, read the letter. "This is a crew of real heroes," Manion said. "They were doing what they had been trained to do. They deserve all the accolades that we, the living, can bestow upon them. Again, I thank them, I honor them, and I will always hold great faith in my heart with them." Colonel Mark Clark was a first lieutenant at the time of the Bat-21 search, and was the first to go in trying to extract Hambleton. But Clark's OV-10 was shot down, and he became part of the Bat-21 rescue. He, too, was saved. He attended the Arlington ceremony and addressed the Jolly Green 67 family members. "Each of you played a distinct role and forming the character of these men who so willingly paid a very dear price to help me get out of the jungles of Vietnam," he said. "You have my deepest sympathy -- you and these six brave men." --------- From: Terminator

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