JOSEPH Y ECHANIS
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HONORED ON PANEL 16W, LINE 33 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH YGNACIO ECHANIS

WALL NAME

JOSEPH Y ECHANIS

PANEL / LINE

16W/33

DATE OF BIRTH

10/06/1937

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/05/1969

HOME OF RECORD

PORTLAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Multnomah County

STATE

OR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOSEPH YGNACIO ECHANIS
POSTED ON 3.11.2009
POSTED BY: Susan Dunfee

POW Bracelet

I wore your POW/MIA bracelet when I was in high school. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice that you made for all Americans. I recently found your bracelet and will be placing it at the wall this March 2009. You are not forgotten.
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POSTED ON 4.10.2008

If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. Joseph Ignacio ECHANIS, USAF...who made theultimatesacrifice

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...Compolete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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POSTED ON 12.27.2005
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

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



MAJOR

JOSEPH YGNACIO ECHANIS


served with the


497th TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON

" NITE OWLS "


based at


Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base

Thailand


Personnel In Incident:


MAJOR
JOSEPH YGNACIO ECHANIS

( Missing In Action )


MAJOR
DOUGLAS PAUL LEFEVER

( Missing In Action )


Captain Douglas Paul LeFever was the pilot and Major Joseph Ygnacio Echanis the navigator of an F4D PHANTOM aircraft from the 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron.

On 5 November 1969, their mission was to act as Forward Air Controller for an operational mission over Laos.

While directing a flight over the assigned area, radio contact was lost with the plane.

At 4:34 a.m., one of the strike aircraft in the area saw a large ball of fire on the gound.

Although no parachutes were observed, the Air Force concluded that the possibility existed that the crew ejected and safely reached the ground.

Throughout the day, an electronic search was conducted, with negative results.

The terrain where the plane went down was so rugged that a visual search was not possible.

No wreckage was ever found.

The last known location was just southwest of Ban Som Peng in Khammouane Province, 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.

Most of the reports involve Americans in Laos, where nearly 600 Americans went missing, and none released.


Both Joseph Ygnacio Echanis and Douglas Paul Lefever were promoted to the rank of Major during the period they were maintained as being Missing In Action.





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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POSTED ON 11.30.2005

Still In Laos

Still In Laos






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POSTED ON 11.5.2003
POSTED BY: Randy Garrels

Dedication for what you have done for myself and the world today.

I am a student at Gridley High School, and I just want to thank you guys for all that you have done for our nation. It takes a lot of bravery to do the things that you guys have done.
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