WILLIAM R EDMONDSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 7E, LINE 127 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM ROTHROC EDMONDSON

WALL NAME

WILLIAM R EDMONDSON

PANEL / LINE

7E/127

DATE OF BIRTH

11/15/1941

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/31/1966

HOME OF RECORD

CASSVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Barry County

STATE

MO

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

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MIA

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LEFT FOR WILLIAM ROTHROC EDMONDSON
POSTED ON 6.21.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

We Will Remember

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
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POSTED ON 10.30.2019
POSTED BY: Susie Crutcher

Gratitude from a fellow Missourian

Major Emdondson, Sir, I have worn your MIA bracelet since 1975. I will not remove it until you come home. In 1993 I met a new friend named Ed Zengel who noticed my bracelet and told me that you were his best man at his wedding. It was amazing to hear all about you and what a great guy you were. I live in Webb City which is about 60 miles from Your hometown of Cassville. I think of you often. Thank you.
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POSTED ON 7.15.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

THANK YOU

Dear Major William Edmondson,
Thank you for your service as a Weapons Systems Officer. You are still MIA. PLEASE COME 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. Be at peace.
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POSTED ON 4.3.2017

Final Mission of 1LT William R. Edmondson

At 1:10 AM on May 30, 1966, a USAF Lockheed C-130E Hercules (#64-0511) departed Da Nang Airbase on a tactical mission into North Vietnam. It was carrying several floating mass-focus bombs in an attempt to blow up the Thanh Hoa Bridge over the Song Ma River. The plan necessitated two C-130 aircraft dropping the weapon, a rather large pancake-shaped affair 8 feet in diameter and 2 1/2 feet thick and weighing 5,000 pounds. The C-130's would fly below 500 feet to evade radar along a 43-mile route (which meant the C-130 would be vulnerable to enemy attack for about 17 minutes), and drop the bombs, which would float down the Song Ma River where it would pass under the bridge and detonate when sensors in the bomb detected the metal of the bridge structure. The first attempt the previous night by a different C-130 crew had been unsuccessful. The second flight was by MAJ Thomas F. Case, whom had been through extensive training for the mission at Elgin AFB, Florida, and had been deployed to Vietnam only 2 weeks before. Operational necessity required minimum radio communications. At about two minutes prior to the scheduled C-130 drop time, F-4 fighters making diversionary attacks saw anti-aircraft fire and a large ground flash in the bridge vicinity. MAJ Case and his crew were never seen or heard from again. When a reasonable time had elapsed after scheduled down time, the aircraft and crew were officially declared Missing in Action. An intensive and continuing search was organized and launched involving over 16 aircraft and ships of the Air Force and Navy with negative results. The lost crew included pilot MAJ Case, co-pilot 1LT Harold J. Zook, navigators 1LT William R. Edmondson and 1LT Armon D. Shingledecker, flight engineer SSGT Bobby J. Alberton, weapon systems officer CAPT Emmett R. McDonald, and loadmasters A1C Elroy E. Harworth and A1C Phillip J. Stickney. To date, the remains of only three crewmen have been accounted for: Harold J. Zook, remains returned April 10, 1986; Thomas F. Case, remains returned February 1987; and Elroy E. Harworth, remains returned April 10, 1986. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 5.25.2015
POSTED BY: A. L. Elder

never forgaotten

for over forty years, I have held your bracelet and wished I would here of your return, Thank you for your service!
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