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is honored on Panel 16E, Line 52 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of LCDR Leo C. Hester Sr.

    Posted on 6/24/16 - by
    On March 10, 1967, a U.S. Navy VC-47J (#99844) from Tan Son Nhut Air Base Detachment, Naval Support Activity (NAVSUPACT) Saigon, USNAVFORV, crashed into a hillside near Phan Rang because of a wing failure while on an administrative Navy flight between Cam Ranh Air Base and Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon, RVN. There were no survivors. The crew included pilot LCDR Robert G. Kerr Sr., co-pilot LCDR Leo C. Hester Sr., and crewmen ADR1 Cecil L Chapman, and AE3 Francis R. Ferron Jr. There are varying accounts as to the number of passengers that were on this flight with as many as 21 quoted on some websites. However, a reliable Vietnam War casualty database ( suggests there were 10 passengers and their website provides the following names: LT James M. Albright, LCDR Donald G. Brown, LT John C. Crawford, JO1 William C. Eckes, SP4 John H. Flynn, SFC Byron D. Hamlett, CAPT James J. L. Johnson, 2LT Roger W. Rabey, and CAPT Jacob F. Stepan. [Taken from and various other web-based sources]
  • He was my Brother

    Posted on 3/15/15 - by Janna Hoehn for Margaret Hester Pitchie
    My Brother Leo Hester volunteered for the Navy in the year 1941. This was the year I was born. As a child growing up I remember listening to my Mother reading Leo's letters for all of us to hear. Also there were those wonderful times he was able to visit us.

    Leo and his family were stationed in Coronado, Calif. for awhile. This was a short distance from us. We enjoyed the visits.

    There were many good times spent with Leo and his family through the years. I cherish each moment. Love your Sister Margaret
  • His Granddaughter

    Posted on 1/28/14 - by Andi Augustine
    I was curious to look up my Uncle and Grandfather. Both killed in Vietnam. I was overcome with emotion when I see the post here. These men both Leo Claude Hester and Leo Jr. are from my mothers side. Leo Senior is my mothers father.

    Please if you have any memories, pictures, questions, please email me and I will forward all messages to my mother. She will be overjoyed when I send her to this site.

    Again we thank you for these moments and words.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/2/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear LCDR Leo Claude Hester, sir

    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

    Curt Carter
  • If I should die...remembrances for LCDR Leo Claude HESTER, USN...who made the ultimate sacridfice!!!

    Posted on 3/10/11 - by
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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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.

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