JOHN E BAILEY
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HONORED ON PANEL 7E, LINE 44 OF THE WALL

JOHN EDWARD BAILEY

WALL NAME

JOHN E BAILEY

PANEL / LINE

7E/44

DATE OF BIRTH

10/11/1936

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/10/1966

HOME OF RECORD

MINNEAPOLIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hennepin County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN EDWARD BAILEY
POSTED ON 1.10.2015
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Grave Site Marker

Grave Site Marker

John is buried in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA, Plot: Section B Site 179-1
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POSTED ON 9.13.2014
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of MAJ John E. Bailey

Final Mission of MAJ John E. Bailey
On May 10, 1966, MAJ John E. Bailey was leading a combat strike mission over Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam. Shortly after expending his ordnance, Bailey's F-105D Thunderchief was seen to tumble end-over-end into the ground with its canopy in place. Other members of the flight circled the impact area but observed no survivor. In 1990 a joint U.S./Vietnamese team interviewed several local villagers in Quang Binh Province who provided information including an F-105 aircraft data plate that appeared to correlate with Bailey's loss. The team visited the recorded crash site but saw no indication of wreckage. A second visit to that site in 1993 confirmed the absence of evidence there. In July 1995 another joint team performed a preliminary survey of the crash site which led to an excavation a month later. The team located aircraft fragments, pilot-related personal equipment as well as human remains. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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POSTED ON 5.10.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering an American Hero

Dear Major John Edward Bailey, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir



Curt Carter


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POSTED ON 12.13.2007

If I should die...remembrancves for MAJ. John Edward BAILEY, 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 heart, 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 5.24.2005
POSTED BY: Lt.Col. Karol E. Franzyshen

A Tribute to Major John Edward Bailey, USAF

As a young man, John was an USAF navigator classmate of mine. We entered training on 17 Nov 1959 at Lackland AFB, Texas as class 60-19N. After eight weeks of preflight training, we transferred to Harlingen AFB, Texas for undergraduate navigator training. After eight months of tough academic and flying training, about half of the class successfully graduated on 4 Oct 1960. Like I, John went on to Mather AFB, CA for advanced navigator upgrade training as Class 61-K. There some trained for duty as navigators in air refuelers, reconnaissance aircraft while others trained as navigators and bombardiers in B-52 and B-47 bombers. Upon graduation in June 1961, I believe John went on to an assignment as a B-52 navigator. Like most of us navigators, John had a strong desire to go to pilot training. A few years later, he was selected for USAF pilot training and upon graduation he went on the upgrade training in the F-105 aircraft. His first assignment was to Korat, Thailand where he was to fly very dangerous missions over North Vietnam. On his very first mission on 10 May 1966 while bombing a bridge 15 miles north of the DMZ near Xuan Hoa, NVN, he was lost when his aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire and crashed. The crash site was excavated in July 1995 and in March 1999 John's remains were identified and returned to the USA for burial. As a navigator classmate, John was a good friend, a dedicated student and he stood out as a young leader. He is undoubtedly sorely missed by all that knew him. I am proud to have known and served with him. His loss was not only a loss for his family, friends and classmates, but a great loss to the Air Force and America as well. He gave his all for the country he loved. For that he will always be remembered.
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