JOHN W GOEGLEIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 9W, LINE 104 OF THE WALL

JOHN WINFRED GOEGLEIN

WALL NAME

JOHN W GOEGLEIN

PANEL / LINE

9W/104

DATE OF BIRTH

07/10/1930

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/30/1970

HOME OF RECORD

KIRKWOOD

COUNTY OF RECORD

St. Louis County

STATE

MO

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN WINFRED GOEGLEIN
POSTED ON 3.18.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Major John Winfred Goeglein, 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 7.1.2015
POSTED BY: tom waldron

Jolly Green Pilot who gave his life for others

6/30/1970 was the day jolly 54 was shot down with John as one of the pilots.
We lost the entire crew that day. John ws a member of the 40 ARRS at Udorn, Thailand. We went to work in a hostile area-many of our brothers did not come home. God bless each one's families...
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POSTED ON 10.4.2014

Final Mission of MAJ John W. Goeglein

On June 30, 1970, a crew from the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Udorn Airfield, Thailand was dispatched to rescue a downed flight crew. Crew aboard the Sikorsky HH-53C "Super Jolly" helicopter included the pilot, CAPT Leroy C. Schaneberg, crewmembers MAJ John W. Goeglein, MSGT Paul L. Jenkins, SSGT Marvin E. Bell, and SSGT Michael F. Dean. The members of the 40th Air R & R were trained for both air and sea recovery, and the big "Super Jolly" was equipped to airlift both the crew and aircraft out of sticky situations. The downed and injured pilot was located in Savannakhet Province, Laos, about two kilometers south of Bang Tang. The HH-53C penetrated the area, known to be hostile, in an attempt to rescue the pilot, but was forced away by hostile ground fire. A second attempt was made, but the helicopter was hit by hostile fire, caught on fire, went out of control and crashed. The Air Force states it received evidence on July 4, 1970, that the crew was dead, but that evidence is not specifically described, and no remains identifiable as Bell, Dean, Goeglein, Schaneberg, or Jenkins have been recovered. Schaneberg received the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism as the aircraft commander on this rescue mission. On the same day, CAPT Williams S. Sanders was flying an OV-10A Bronco southeast of Khe Sanh at a point where Laos veers north to intrude on South Vietnam. His aircraft was shot down just inside Laos, not far from the location of the downed helicopter. The Bronco was generally used for marking targets, armed reconnaissance and forward air control, so the nature of CAPT Sanders' mission and its precise relation to the mission of the Super Jolly from Udorn is unknown. The crew of the helicopter was numerically listed missing before the OV-10, so it is does not seem likely that the helicopter was assisting the observation aircraft, but as no other aircraft is missing on that day in that area, either the downed pilot was Sanders or the pilot was rescued by other means. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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POSTED ON 6.9.2006

If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. John Winfred GOEGLEIN, USAF...who made the ultimate sacrifice

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 hyeart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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POSTED ON 12.26.2005
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

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



Remains were returned in March 1995 as " 120 bone fragments which cannot be degregated, fragments too small for DNA testing as it would ' destroy the chips ', a dental prostheses, a St. Christopher's medal, coins, buttons, etc. ...

They say the fragments represent a minimum of one person, a maximum of two people, yet they feel this is a full accounting of five men who served our government ..."

From a letter to the Editor

Rochelle News Leader,

30 March 1995

by Dawn Wyatt

the niece of ...


CAPTAIN

LEROY CLYDE SCHANEBERG


served with the


40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron

3rd Aerospace and Recovery Group

Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base

Thailand


" THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE "


Other Personnel In Incident:


MAJOR
JOHN WINFRED GOEGLEIN


STAFF SERGEANT
MARVIN EARL BELL


STAFF SERGEANT
MICHAEL FRANK DEAN


MASTER SERGEANT
PAUL LAVERNE JENKINS


( all remain as Missing In Action )


onboard the nearby OV10A BRONCO


CAPTAIN
WILLIAM STEPHEN SANDERS

( Missing In Action )


On 30 June 1970, a crew from the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron from Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand was dispatched to rescue a downed flight crew.

Crew aboard the SIKORSKY HH53C " SUPER JOLLY " helicopter included the

PILOT

Captain
Leroy Clyde Schaneberg

and his

CREWMEMBERS


Major
John Winfred Goeglein

Staff Sergeant
Marvin Earl Bell

Staff Sergeant
Michael Frank Dean

Master Sergeant
Paul Laverne Jenkins


The members of the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery were trained for both air and sea recovery, and the big " SUPER JOLLY " was equipped to airlift both the crew and aircraft out of sticky situations.

The downed and injured pilot was located in Savannakhet Province, Laos, about two kilometers south of Bang Tang.

The HH53C penetrated the area, known to be hostile, in an attempt to rescue the pilot, but was forced away by hostile ground fire.

A second attempt was made, but the helicopter was hit by hostile fire, caught on fire, went out of control and crashed.

The Air Force states it received evidence on 4 July 1970, that the crew was dead, but that evidence is not specifically described, and no remains identifiable as Bell, Dean, Goeglein, Jenkins or Schaneberg have been recovered.

Schaneberg was awarded the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism as the aircraft commander on this rescue mission.

On the same day, Captain William Stephen Sanders was flying an OV10A BRONCO southeast of Khe Sanh at a point where Laos veers north to intrude on South Vietnam.

His aircraft was shot down just inside Laos, not far from the location of the downed helicopter.

The BRONCO was generally used for marking targets, armed reconnaissance and forward air control, so the nature of Captain Sanders' mission and its precise relation to the mission of the SUPER JOLLY from Udorn is unknown.

The crew of the helicopter was numerically listed missing before the OV10, so it does not seem likely that the helicopter was assisting the observation aircraft, but as no other aircraft is missing on that day in that area, either the downed pilot was Sanders or the pilot was rescued by other means.

Unfortunately, for families of men missing in Laos, information is difficult to obtain.

Twenty and twenty-five year old records remain classified with many of their details obscured.

Much of this information was classified to distort American involvement in a now well known " secret war " in 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.

Many of the reports involve Americans in Laos, where nearly 600 Americans went missing, and none were released despite public statements by the Pathet Lao that " tens of tens " of Americans were being held there.





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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