Salinas, Mercedes Perez, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 13th Air Force
Service Years
- 1965
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1928
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mission
Last Address
Mission

Casualty Date
Dec 11, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Phu Yen
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04E 013

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 Unit Assignments
309th Air Commando Squadron, Troop Carrier315th Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier13th Air Force
  1965-1965, 309th Air Commando Squadron, Troop Carrier
  1965-1965, 315th Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier
  1965-1965, 13th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-123 Provider  
  1965-1965, C-123 Provider
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SSgt. Salinas, the crew and passengers were lost while flying from Pleiku AB to Tuy Hoa AB, on a C-123B Provider( #56-4376). The aircraft originated out of Tan Son Nhut AB where the 309th was stationed at the time. (This was probably a "Mule Train" operation.)

The C-123B contacted trees on a ridge line and entered a spin, crashing 1000 feet below. The ridge line had an elevation of about 4000 feet and was probably barely visible with low ceilings between 50 and 1000 feet and rain showers. The aircraft crashed 32 km (20 miles) west of Tuy Hoa. All crew and passengers, 85 souls, were killed.

The aircraft was found by ARVN. The crew's remains were repatriated and interred in Arlington in 1974 in a group burial:

Maj Robert Milvoy Horsky
Capt George Parker McKnight
SSgt Donald David Stewart
SSgt. Mercedes Perez Salinas
   
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