MERLE E ESTES
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HONORED ON PANEL 2E, LINE 7 OF THE WALL

MERLE EDWARD ESTES

WALL NAME

MERLE E ESTES

PANEL / LINE

2E/7

DATE OF BIRTH

08/28/1931

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PLEIKU

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/11/1965

HOME OF RECORD

WINCHESTER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Clark County

STATE

KY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

SSGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MERLE EDWARD ESTES
POSTED ON 6.11.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT Merle Edward Estes, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 4.18.2016

Final Mission of SSGT Merle E. Estes

On June 11, 1965, a USAF C-123B (#56-4379) from the 310th Air Commando Squadron hit a mountain during a bad weather resupply mission during a flight from Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Nha Trang while enroute to Pleiku. The crash occurred approximately eight miles south of Holloway Field, Pleiku Province, RVN. Seven Air Force personnel perished in the crash, including pilot CAPT Terrence R. Titus, MAJ Samuel J. Ganci, CAPT Alvin J. Dimond, SSGT Paul G. Dawson, SSGT Merle E. Estes, SSGT Norman C. Williams, and A1C James A. Coy. There were also two U.S. Army personnel lost in the incident, SSGT Jesse H. Lawson and SP5 Milo B. Stibbins, both from the 5th Special Forces Group, U.S. Army Support Command Vietnam. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and c123sinsea.org]
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POSTED ON 3.21.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Merle is buried at Winchester Cemetery, Winchester, Clark County,KY. AM
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POSTED ON 5.28.2007
POSTED BY: Morrie Cutler

C-123-B CREW MEMBER

I WENT THRU COMBAT CREW TRAINING WITH MERLE AT HULBERT FIELD #9. HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND..WE WERE ASIGNED TO SISTER SQUARDONS IN NAM.
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POSTED ON 6.14.2005
POSTED BY: Bob Ross

Do not stand at my grave and weep

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 sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Frye – 1932

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