MORGAN JEFFERSON DONAHUE
- Wall Name:MORGAN J DONAHUE
- Date of Birth:5/2/1944
- Date of Casualty:12/13/1968
- Home of Record:ALEXANDRIA
- County of Record:CITY OF ALEXANDRIA
- Branch of Service:AIR FORCE
- Panel/Row:36W, 14
- Casualty Province:LZ
THOMAS CHARLES ELDRIDGE
- Wall Name:THOMAS C ELDRIDGE
- Date of Birth:6/16/1947
- Date of Casualty:12/13/1968
- Home of Record:NEW IBERIA
- County of Record:IBERIA PARISH
- Branch of Service:NAVY
- Panel/Row:36W, 15
- Casualty Province:SA DEC
THOMAS WAYNE DUGAN
is honored on Panel 36W, Row 14 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTENPosted on 12/13/14 - by JERRY SANDWISCH WOOD CTY.OHIO NAM VET 1969-70 ARMY 173rd ABN BDEMY POW-MIA FLAG IS DISPLAYED 24-7 IN REMEMBRANCE OF ALL THE LOST WARRIORS. THE WAR MAY BE FORGOTTEN BUT THE WARRIOR WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED!!!!MORE
Final Mission of MAJ Thomas W. DuganPosted on 11/11/14 - by email@example.comOn December 13, 1968, the crew of a C-123K was dispatched from Nakhon Phanom Airfield located in northern Thailand near the border of Laos on an operational mission over Laos. The C-123, a converted WW II glider equipped with two engines, was assigned night patrol missions along the Ho Chi Minh trail. Flying low at 2000-3000 feet, the job of the seven man crew was to spot enemy truck convoys on the trail and to light up the trails for accompanying B-57 bombers which were flying overhead. The crew on this particular mission included the pilot (name unknown), co-pilot 1LT Joseph P. Fanning, navigators 1LT John S. Albright and 1LT Morgan J. Donahue, and crewmembers SSGT Samuel F. Walker, SSGT Douglas V. Dailey, and TSGT Fred L. Clarke. At 0330 hours, as the aircraft was flying about 30 miles southwest of the Ban Karai Pass in Laos, the crew of the C-123 was jolted by a blow on the top of their plane in the aft section. An overhead B-57 that had been called in for an air strike from Phan Rang Airbase had collided with the control plane. The B-57B was flown by pilot MAJ Thomas W. Dugan and co-pilot MAJ Francis J. McGouldrick. The C-123 lost power and went out of control. The unnamed C-123 pilot, stunned by a blow to the head, lost consciousness. Because of its glider configuration, the C-123 did not fall straight to the ground, but drifted lazily to the ground in a flat spin which lasted several minutes. When the pilot regained consciousness, he noted that the co-pilot (Fanning) and navigator (Donahue) were gone. Donahue's station was in the underbelly of the plane where, lying on his stomach, he directed an infrared detection device through an open hatch. The pilot parachuted out, landed in a treetop where he remained until rescued at dawn. On the way down, he saw another chute below him, but, because of the dark, was unable to determine who the crew member was. The six other members of the C-123 and the two crew members of the B-57 were listed as Missing in Action. [Taken from pownetwork.org]MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/12/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear Colonel Thomas Wayne Dugan, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
We RememberPosted on 3/13/11 - by Robert Sage email@example.comJoseph has a military stone in his memory at Arlington National Cemetery.
LEST WE FORGETPosted on 12/13/06 - by Fellow American MORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.
THOMAS W DUGAN
5/31/1933 - 12/13/1968
the education center at the wall
VVMF is completing the mission of preserving the legacy of our fallen heroes by building an education center to tell the stories of the names on The Wall.