Jones, Lavoyn Augustus, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 19th Special Operations Squadron
Service Years
1956 - 1969
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut AB

Casualty Date
Oct 10, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Hampton National Cemetery - Hampton, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
17W 062

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aircrew Enlisted (Senior)

 Unit Assignments
315th Special Operations Wing19th Special Operations Squadron
  1969-1969, 315th Special Operations Wing
  1969-1969, 19th Special Operations Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-123 Provider  
  1969-1969, C-123 Provider
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"United States Air Force Staff Sergeant was killed in action aboard an Air Force C-123 military transport aircraft on a return to Long Binh, South Vietnam. The aircraft crashed into a nearby field due to mechanical failure in South Vietnam.  Also killed was Army Spec Richard L. Cummins who was a passenger aboard the aircraft.

"I was there - Put you mind to rest. There was no hostile fire that day at Rock Jaw Airstrip. The engine just quit and flipped the aircraft inverted. It appeared from our angle of view that the aircraft, came straight down nose first. Upon inpact it buried itself about ten feet into the ground, nose first.

"I, too, was an eyewitness to this tragedy. There was no enemy hostile fire that day. It was a warm, sunny day and we had taken a friend of ours out to the 'Long Strip' to catch a plane to Can Tho and then on the Saigon....The plane (Note: Lt. Burrell's) took off in an almost vertical climb. At about 1500 feet the right wing suddenly arched to the left. Everything went in slow motion. The plane rolled on its back then headed nose first toward the ground, it seems like it did one or two twists before impact. All of us who were there, and there were several of us, jumped in a jeep and drove immediately to the plane. We were there in less than three minutes. There were no survivors and there was no fire. It was just very, very quiet. We later heard that either the plane was low on fuel and the jet assist on the left wing ran out of gas or that there was a mulfunction in the fuel pump. It was a horrible day for all concerned.


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