HONORED ON PANEL 32E, LINE 92 OF THE WALL

WAYNE ALVIN ECKLEY

WALL NAME

WAYNE A ECKLEY

PANEL / LINE

32E/92

DATE OF BIRTH

05/22/1936

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/29/1967

HOME OF RECORD

ENTERPRISE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Wallowa County

STATE

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BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WAYNE ALVIN ECKLEY
POSTED ON 6.27.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. I am heartened you returned home though I wish it had been under very different circumstances. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us….
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POSTED ON 11.21.2021
POSTED BY: Sadie "Carnes" Coarsey

Friend forever missed

Amazed to find this memorial since so many years have passed. We were friends with Wayne's family and have often thought of them. Carnes family.
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POSTED ON 5.22.2020
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Chief Master Sergeant Wayne Alvin Eckley, Served with Detachment 1 (Nha Trang), 314th Tactical Airlift Wing, 13th Air Force.
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POSTED ON 7.13.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear CMSGT Wayne Eckley,
Thank you for your service as a Flight Engineer Superintendent. I am glad you were identified in 2000. Welcome Home.
We remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 7.2.2015

Final Mission of SSGT Wayne A. Eckley

On December 29, 1967, a C-130E aircraft departed Nha Trang Airbase shortly after midnight on an operational mission over North Vietnam. The eleven man crew aboard the aircraft included MAJ Charles P. Claxton, CAPT Edwin N. Osborne Jr., and CAPT Gerald G. Van Buren (all listed as pilots), and crewmen SSGT Edward J. Darcy, SSGT Gean P. Clapper, SSGT Wayne A. Eckley, LTC Donald E. Fisher, TSGT Jack McCrary, CAPT Frank C. Parker III, CAPT Gordon J. Wenaas, and SGT James R. Williams. At 4:30 a.m., the pilot made radio contact with Nha Trang and said the mission was progressing as scheduled. No further contact was made. The aircraft's last known position was in extreme northwest North Vietnam, in mountainous Lai Chau Province. The eleven Americans aboard the aircraft were declared Missing in Action. When the war ended, and 591 Americans were released from Vietnamese prison camps, the crew of the C-130 was not among them. In October and November 1992, a joint U.S. - Socialist Republic of Vietnam team interviewed five witnesses who had knowledge of the crash site. Two of the witnesses had visited the area of the crash in 1967 or 1968 and provided information about the site. Some of the witnesses turned over identification cards or tags that contained the names of some of the crew members. The team visited the site and recovered some human remains. In February 1993, the government of Vietnam turned over additional remains and a photocopy of more identification media. In October and November a joint team led by Joint Task Force-Full Accounting excavated the suspected crash site where they recovered aircraft wreckage, personal effects and human remains. In 1994 and 1995, Vietnamese citizens and government officials turned over additional remains. Department of Defense analysts concluded from the distribution of the aircraft wreckage that the C-130 hit a mountainside and the crew was unaware of the impending crash. Nine parachutes were accounted for among the artifacts recovered, and there are no unresolved live sighting reports associated with this incident. Analysis of the remains and other evidence by the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii established the identification of the eleven servicemen. (Note: a much more detailed account of this incident is available on pownetwork.org) [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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