McElroy, John Lee, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1531A-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 1531A, 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing
Service Years
1956 - 1968
Major

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Schenectady
Last Address
Mactan AB, Philippines



Casualty Date
May 12, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
59E 009

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 Unit Assignments
315th Air Division774th Tactical Airlift Squadron463rd Tactical Airlift Wing
  1968-1968, 1531A, 315th Air Division
  1968-1968, 1531A, 774th Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1968-1968, 1531A, 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1951-1955, United States Naval Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-130 Hercules  
  1968-1968, C-130 Hercules
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Flew aboard the C130B (serial #60-0297) from Mactan Airbase, Phillippines to Kham Duc in aid of evacuating personnel from the site.

Pilot, Maj. Bernard Bucher, took off while under an intense enemy mortar and small arms attack. A Forward Air Controller (FAC) in the area watched the Hercules as it lumbered into the air, then reported seeing the aircraft explode in a fireball in mid-air approximately one mile from the end of the airstrip and crash into the jungle below. It was believed that all crew and passengers aboard perished as the aircraft was quickly consumed by fire destroying everything but the tail boom. Because of the intense enemy presence in the area, no ground search of the area was possible. All Air Force members of the flight crew were listed Killed in Action/ Body Not Recovered.


See profile for Major Bernard Bucher for details of personnel, etc..

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