LEO C HESTER
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HONORED ON PANEL 16E, LINE 52 OF THE WALL

LEO CLAUDE HESTER

WALL NAME

LEO C HESTER

PANEL / LINE

16E/52

DATE OF BIRTH

05/05/1924

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NIHN THUAN

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/10/1967

HOME OF RECORD

HEBER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Imperial County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LCDR

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR LEO CLAUDE HESTER
POSTED ON 11.18.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

LCDR Leo Claude Hester is buried with his son, US Army WO Leo Claude Hester Jr., in Section 28, grave 248 of the Barrancas National Cemetery. His son was KIA in Vietnam on 11/2/69.

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Semper Fortis.
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POSTED ON 5.28.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear LCDR Leo Hester, Thank you for your service as a Fixed Wing Pilot. Yesterday was Memorial Day when we honor you. I could not post because the system was overwhelmed. Please watch over the USA, it still needs your courage. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.5.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Lieutenant Commander Leo Claude Hester, Served with the Tan Son Nhut Air Base Detachment, United States Naval Support Activity (Saigon), United States Naval Forces Vietnam (USNAVFORV).
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POSTED ON 6.24.2016

Final Mission of LCDR Leo C. Hester Sr.

On March 10, 1967, a U.S. Navy VC-47J (#99844) from Tan Son Nhut Air Base Detachment, Naval Support Activity (NAVSUPACT) Saigon, USNAVFORV, crashed into a hillside near Phan Rang because of a wing failure while on an administrative Navy flight between Cam Ranh Air Base and Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon, RVN. There were no survivors. The crew included pilot LCDR Robert G. Kerr Sr., co-pilot LCDR Leo C. Hester Sr., and crewmen ADR1 Cecil L Chapman, and AE3 Francis R. Ferron Jr. There are varying accounts as to the number of passengers that were on this flight with as many as 21 quoted on some websites. However, a reliable Vietnam War casualty database (coffeltdatabase.org) suggests there were 10 passengers and their website provides the following names: LT James M. Albright, LCDR Donald G. Brown, LT John C. Crawford, JO1 William C. Eckes, SP4 John H. Flynn, SFC Byron D. Hamlett, CAPT James J. L. Johnson, 2LT Roger W. Rabey, and CAPT Jacob F. Stepan. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and various other web-based sources]
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POSTED ON 3.15.2015
POSTED BY: Janna Hoehn for Margaret Hester Pitchie

He was my Brother

My Brother Leo Hester volunteered for the Navy in the year 1941. This was the year I was born. As a child growing up I remember listening to my Mother reading Leo's letters for all of us to hear. Also there were those wonderful times he was able to visit us.

Leo and his family were stationed in Coronado, Calif. for awhile. This was a short distance from us. We enjoyed the visits.

There were many good times spent with Leo and his family through the years. I cherish each moment. Love your Sister Margaret
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