Alley, James Harold, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
23050-Photographic Technician
Last AFSC Group
Photographic Services
Primary Unit
1972-1972, 601st Photographic Squadron
Service Years
1968 - 1972
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Plantation, FL
Last Address
Ubon RTAFB, Thailand

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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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
600th Photographic Squadron601st Photographic Squadron
  1971-1972, 600th Photographic Squadron
  1972-1972, 601st Photographic Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1972 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)  
  1971-1972, HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)1
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Last Known Activity
From Veterans Times:


June 14, 2010 posted by Michael Leon ·

        Air Force MIAS from Vietnam War are Identified

    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of four U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

             They are Capt. Peter H. Chapman, II, Centerburg, Ohio; Tech. Sgt.  Allen J. Avery, Auburn, Mass.; Tech. Sgt. Roy D. Prater, Tiffin, Ohio; and Sgt. James H. Alley, Plantation, Fla., all U.S. Air Force.

            Prater is to be buried in Columbia City, Ind., on June 19.  Other burials are being scheduled individually by the families of the airmen.

            On April 6, 1972, six airmen were flying a combat search and rescue mission in their HH-53C Super Jolly Green Giant helicopter over Quang Tri Province in South Vietnam when they were hit by enemy ground fire and crashed.  Joint U.S. �?? Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) field investigations from 1989 to 1992, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), yielded evidence leading to an excavation at the crash site in 1994 as well as two reported burial sites.  Team members recovered human remains and personal effects as well as aircraft debris.  As a result of these recoveries, all six men on the aircraft were accounted-for in 1997 and buried as a group at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.   Three were individually identified at that time.  Recent technical advances enabled JPAC to identify additional remains to be those of Prater.

            Previously, in 1988, the S.R.V. turned over remains they attributed to an American serviceman, however, the name did not match anyone lost or missing from the Vietnam War.  The remains were held by JPAC pending improved technology which might have facilitated an identification later.

           In the mid-2000s, JPAC�??s laboratory gained increased scientific capability to associate the 1988 remains to the correct loss.  The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL)  tested these remains against all those servicemembers who were MIA from the Vietnam War with negative results.  In 2009, AFDIL expanded its search to make comparisons with previously- resolved individuals.  As a result of AFDIL�??s mitochondrial DNA testing, JPAC scientists determined that these remains were associated with four of the six airmen from the 1972 crash.

            For additional information on the Defense Department�??s mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO Web site at or call 703-699-1169.

Jim was a classmate of mine for four years. We graduate (1967) from Stranahan HS in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Jim was an honest and trustworthy friend, a great student and good athlete. Little do people know that Sgt James Alley was a hero. Jim was a volunteer on this rescue mission onboard the HH-53 (Jolly 67) .
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 and Roy D. Prater, and Sergeants  James Alley and 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. 

``It was the most terrible day I had ever lived,'' Hambleton wrote. ``I had to stand by and watch six young men die trying to save my life. Heroes, you bet they were.'' 



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