Clark, Gary Vaughn, Sgt

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1969-1969, 14th Field Maintenance Squadron
Service Years
1967 - 1969

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fort Wayne
Last Address
Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam

Casualty Date
Dec 17, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Duc (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Town Heights Cemetery - West Frankfort, Illinois
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15W 066

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14th Special Operations Wing14th Field Maintenance Squadron
  1969-1969, 14th Special Operations Wing
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Sgt. Clark served with the 14th Field Maintenance Squadron, 14th Special Operations Wing based then at Phan Rang AB, Ninh Thuan Province, RVN.

During a remote combat resupply mission on 17 December, he was the only person killed in the crash of a C-123 (#55-4562), an aircraft from the 310th Special Operations Squadron, based at Phan Rang as well. 

The aircraft, carrying a fuel payload, undershot its landing, broke up and was destroyed by fire on approach to Gia Nghia Field, Quang Duc Province.

Note The Gia Nghia runway was formed by leveling the top of a small mountain with steep slopes at either end. It was known to have ashort runway, suitable for the C-123 and C-7 aircraft. It was the site of a 5th Special Forces Camp in the Central Highlands.

There were four survivors. He was non-crew.

Gary was interred in Tower Heights Cemetery, West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois.  He left a wife, JoAnn, whom he had married in Ohio in August 1969.  She passed away in 2009.
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