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  • Final Mission of SSGT Donald L. Kannel

    Posted on 3/13/17 - by
    On April 16, 1967, a U.S. Air Force C-130B Hercules transport plane (#58-0722) from the 29th Troop Carrier Squadron, 463d Troop Carrier Wing, crashed on go-around at Bao Loc, Lam Dong Province, RVN. The Hercules transport plane landed at the airstrip at but failed to decelerate as expected. The captain decided to go around and added power. The airplane struck a small hill just beyond the end of the runway. It went into a ravine, setting off the cargo of ammunition. Three of the six crewmen perished in crash: flight engineer SSGT David C. Glover, and loadmasters SSGT Donald L. Kannel and A1C David M. Chaney. [Taken from,, and]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/12/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SSGT Donald Lee Kannel, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Thank You

    Posted on 2/17/12 - by Jim Lopez, Msgt, USAF retired
    Don, You took this mission for me and I just don't understand, why the Good Lord spared me. I will forever be greatful for your friendship and the sacrafice. May you continue to fly high with the Angels. God Bless you. Rest in Peace
  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/10/10 - by Robert Sage
    Donald is buried at Ft Sam Houston Nat Cem, San Antonio,TX.
  • Not forgotten

    Posted on 4/16/05 - by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67
    Donald, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well and thank you.

The Wall of Faces

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