Shepard, Harry Clifton, Jr., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43171A-Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 19th Air Commando Squadron
Service Years
1960 - 1969
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
Maine
Maine
Year of Birth
1937
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Waterboro
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut

Casualty Date
Oct 10, 1969
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, South
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Placerville Union Cemetery - Placerville, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
17W 064

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 Unit Assignments
315th Tactical Airlift Wing19th Special Operations Squadron19th Air Commando Squadron
  1968-1969, 315th Tactical Airlift Wing
  1968-1969, 19th Special Operations Squadron
  1968-1969, 19th Air Commando Squadron
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  1961-1973 Vietnam War
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C-123 Provider  
  1968-1969, C-123 Provider
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Last Known Activity
REMEMBRANCE IN PROGRESS - SUBJECT TO CHANGE ------ Other airmen lost that same day in Kien Giang, from the 19th SOS: Charles Burrell, 1st Lt Leland Johnson, A1C Lavoyn Jones, SSgt William Unckrich, Capt Aboard C-123K tail #54-0642. --------------- Kien Giang is a province in SVN south of Saigon, traversed in part by the famous Mekong Delta, and it did have a small airstrip close to one branch of the river then associated with Riverine patrols. --------------- Date: 10 OCT 1969 Type: Fairchild C-123K Provider Operator: United States Air Force - USAF Registration: 54-0642 C/n / msn: 20091 First flight: Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0 Total: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Airplane damage: Written off Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: near Saigon-Tan Son Nhut Airport (SGN) (Vietnam) Phase: Unknown (UNK) Nature: Military Departure airport: ? Destination airport: ? Narrative: Written off. Reportedly crashed near Tan Son Nhut, killing all (presumably 4) crew members. --------------- History of the 19th SOS in Vietnam The 19th Air Commando Squadron was organized on 8 October 1964, at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, just outside of Saigon, South Vietnam. The 19th received the C-123B aircraft and personnel in 1964 but did not become operational as a unit until March 1965. It flew combat missions including cargo drops, flare missions at night in support of hamlets and outposts under attack, transporting troops and supplies to combat areas, and air evacuation of wounded and refugees from battle areas. Cargo included munitions, vehicles, spare parts, fuel and various foods. Missions were flown in support of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, United States Navy, U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese forces. A Royal Thai Air Force contingent was attached to the squadron from mid-1966 until inactivation. Whenever Tan Son Nhut Air Base came under rocket and mortar attacks, the 19th would operate for up to two weeks at a time from Phan Rang Air Base. The 19th also flew increased missions during the Tet Offensive of 1968 and shared in a Navy Presidential Unit Citation for support to U.S. Marines defending Khe Sanh from January to March 1968. In June to August 1970, the 19th flew airlift, airdrop, and evacuation missions in support of Allied forces fighting in Cambodia. On 19 April 1971, the 19 SOS began to transfer the C-123s to South Vietnam and the squadron flew its last combat mission on 30 April. The 19th ceased all operations in early May and was inactivated on 10 June, 1971. On 19 September 1985, the unit was redesignated and combined with the 19th Tactical Intelligence Squadron.[1] ------------
   
Comments/Citation
Full Name: HARRY CLIFTON SHEPARD JR Wall Name: HARRY C SHEPARD JR Date of Birth: 12/3/1937 Date of Casualty: 10/10/1969 Date of Death: 10/10/1969 Home of Record: WATERBORO State: ME Branch of Service: AIR FORCE Rank: TSGT Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM Casualty Province: KIEN GIANG The following remembrances have been left at The Virtual Wall for HARRY CLIFTON SHEPARD JR: We Remember Posted by Robert Sage From the son you barely knew Posted by , He is my father -------------  Posted by: Robert Sage Email: rsage@austin.rr.com Relationship: Thursday, April 10, 2008 -------------- "You will always be missed" Posted by: Email: Relationship: He is my father Tuesday, March 4, 2003 -------------
   
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