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  • Date of Birth:8/30/1946
  • Date of Casualty:2/6/1968
  • Home of Record:SAN LORENZO
  • County of Record:ALAMEDA COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Row:37E, 52
  • Casualty Province:LONG AN


  • Wall Name:DONALD E CLARK
  • Date of Birth:5/7/1947
  • Date of Casualty:2/6/1968
  • Home of Record:FREMONT
  • County of Record:ALAMEDA COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row:37E, 52
  • Casualty Province:HUA NGHIA


is honored on Panel 37E, Row 52 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of AX3 Armando Chapa Jr.

    Posted on 7/22/14 - by
    At 0900 hours on February 5, 1968, a P-3 "Orion" aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron 26 at U Tapao Airbase, Thailand, left on a "Market Time" mission over the Gulf of Thailand (Gulf of Siam). They were scheduled to return to their base at about 0900 hours the following morning. The crew on board the aircraft included LT Thomas P. Jones, LTJG Lynn M. Travis, LTJG Roy A. Huss, AXCS Donald F. Burnett, AX3 Armando Chapa Jr., AX3 William F. Farris (AX designates Antisubmarine warfare technicians and related duties), AOC Donald L. Gallagher, AMH2 Homer E. McKay, ADR1 James C. Newman Jr., AE1 Melvin C. Thompson (A designates in many cases, aviation personnel, i.e. AE1 is Aviation Electrician's Mate First Class). As antisubmarine warfare was all but unknown in Vietnam, there were a variety of duties handled by those trained in antisubmarine warfare. As marking submarines, and/or destroying them involved the use of marking buoys, electronic "ears" and other technical equipment suited for target marking, antisubmarine teams were frequently used for search missions. They also sometimes assisted in attacks on small enemy water craft. Shortly after midnight on February 6, the Orion reported a surface contact. Some two hours later it reported another contact somewhat further east. The last report received from the Orion was after 0300 hours. No subsequent communication was received. An emergency communication alert for the aircraft was declared shortly after daybreak and a full search and rescue (SAR) was declared. In the late afternoon of February 6, wreckage and debris were sighted and identified. On February 7 search and rescue operations were terminated at sundown. Salvage operations were conducted from February 11 through March 21. The investigating officer concluded that the Orion had impacted with the water, and that the aircraft had been completely destroyed, and that all of the crewmembers had died instantly. The Orion went down about 50 miles off the shores of South Vietnam's An Xuyen Province in the Gulf of Thailand. Presumably, all the crew aboard are "buried" at sea - an honorable burial for a naval man. This crew is listed with honor among the missing because no remains were ever found. [Narrative taken from; image from]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/20/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear AX3 Armando Chapa Jr, 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
  • Salute to a Fellow Veteran

    Posted on 4/6/12 - by Jim and Tom Reece and Rosa KIng
    You gave your life for your country and for this we Salute You.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 2/16/11 - by Robert Sage
    Armando has a military stone in his honor at Golden Gate National Cemetery.

    Posted on 8/12/04 - by Chris Spencer
    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
  • Thank you Mate

    Posted on 5/9/03 - by Donald Lytle
    Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Armando Chapa, Jr., for your continued vigilant and faithful service, to this great country of ours!

    Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore, you shall never be forgotten!

    Again, thank you Sailor, for a job well done!


  • Not Forgotten

    Posted on 2/11/03 - by Candace Lokey
    I have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.

    We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:

    Candace Lokey
    PO Box 206
    Freeport, PA 16229

    If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :

The Wall of Faces

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