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MARVIN EARL BELL


is honored on Panel 9W, Line 102 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS FINE YOUNG UNITED STATES AIR FORCE SERVICEMAN, WHO REMAINS AS BEING MISSING IN ACTION, WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

    Posted on 12/26/05 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM


    Remains were returned in March 1995 as " 120 bone fragments which cannot be degregated, fragments too small for DNA testing as it would ' destroy the chips ', a dental prostheses, a St. Christopher's medal, coins, buttons, etc. ...

    They say the fragments represent a minimum of one person, a maximum of two people, yet they feel this is a full accounting of five men who served our government ..."

    From a letter to the Editor

    Rochelle News Leader,

    30 March 1995

    by Dawn Wyatt

    the niece of ...


    CAPTAIN

    LEROY CLYDE SCHANEBERG


    served with the


    40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron

    3rd Aerospace and Recovery Group

    Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base

    Thailand


    " THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE "


    Other Personnel In Incident:


    STAFF SERGEANT
    MARVIN EARL BELL


    STAFF SERGEANT
    MICHAEL FRANK DEAN


    STAFF SERGEANT
    JOHN WINFRED GOEGLEIN


    MASTER SERGEANT
    PAUL LAVERNE JENKINS


    ( all remain as Missing In Action )


    onboard the nearby OV10A BRONCO


    CAPTAIN
    WILLIAM STEPHEN SANDERS

    ( Missing In Action )


    On 30 June 1970, a crew from the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron from Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand was dispatched to rescue a downed flight crew.

    Crew aboard the SIKORSKY HH53C " SUPER JOLLY " helicopter included the

    PILOT

    Captain
    Leroy Clyde Schaneberg

    and his

    CREWMEMBERS

    Staff Sergeant
    Marvin Earl Bell

    Staff Sergeant
    Michael Frank Dean

    Staff Sergeant
    John Winfred Goeglein

    Master Sergeant
    Paul Laverne Jenkins


    The members of the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery were trained for both air and sea recovery, and the big " SUPER JOLLY " was equipped to airlift both the crew and aircraft out of sticky situations.

    The downed and injured pilot was located in Savannakhet Province, Laos, about two kilometers south of Bang Tang.

    The HH53C penetrated the area, known to be hostile, in an attempt to rescue the pilot, but was forced away by hostile ground fire.

    A second attempt was made, but the helicopter was hit by hostile fire, caught on fire, went out of control and crashed.

    The Air Force states it received evidence on 4 July 1970, that the crew was dead, but that evidence is not specifically described, and no remains identifiable as Bell, Dean, Goeglein, Jenkins or Schaneberg have been recovered.

    Schaneberg was awarded the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism as the aircraft commander on this rescue mission.

    On the same day, Captain William Stephen Sanders was flying an OV10A BRONCO southeast of Khe Sanh at a point where Laos veers north to intrude on South Vietnam.

    His aircraft was shot down just inside Laos, not far from the location of the downed helicopter.

    The BRONCO was generally used for marking targets, armed reconnaissance and forward air control, so the nature of Captain Sanders' mission and its precise relation to the mission of the SUPER JOLLY from Udorn is unknown.

    The crew of the helicopter was numerically listed missing before the OV10, so it does not seem likely that the helicopter was assisting the observation aircraft, but as no other aircraft is missing on that day in that area, either the downed pilot was Sanders or the pilot was rescued by other means.

    Unfortunately, for families of men missing in Laos, information is difficult to obtain.

    Twenty and twenty-five year old records remain classified with many of their details obscured.

    Much of this information was classified to distort American involvement in a now well known " secret war " in Laos.

    Since the war's end in 1973, thousands of reports have been received by the U.S. Government regarding Americans still in captivity in Southeast Asia.

    Many of the reports involve Americans in Laos, where nearly 600 Americans went missing, and none were released despite public statements by the Pathet Lao that " tens of tens " of Americans were being held there.





    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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  • NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER

    Posted on 2/9/04 - by Chris Spencer cws71354@bellsouth.net
    It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.
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  • "A True Friend never forgotten"

    Posted on 10/7/99 - by Thomas R.Beltz trbg36@mtaonline.net
    Marvin,
    There is'nt a day that goes by that I don't think of you.You were my roomate,my flight instructor on HH-43 B's and a dear friend.My first duty assignment in the AF was at Keesler AFB,Ms.I was a retread from the Marines and you took me under your wing,teaching me the ways of the AF and getting me upgraded to Flight Mechanic.I was at Thule AB,Greenland the day you were killed in Laos while flying on HH-53C's in Air Rescue.It was one of the saddest days of my life.I'll never forget you bro...May our Lord protect and keep you.

    Thomas R.Beltz
    T/Sgt.USAF Ret.
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