PAUL L JENKINS
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HONORED ON PANEL 9W, LINE 105 OF THE WALL

PAUL LAVERNE JENKINS

WALL NAME

PAUL L JENKINS

PANEL / LINE

9W/105

DATE OF BIRTH

05/11/1930

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/30/1970

HOME OF RECORD

MCGEHEE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Desha County

STATE

AR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MSGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR PAUL LAVERNE JENKINS
POSTED ON 6.30.2017
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Citation

Paul L. Jenkins

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Master Sergeant Paul L. Jenkins, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 30 June 1970. On that date, Sergeant Jenkins, an HH-53C Pararescue/Recovery Technician, twice penetrated an area of known hostile concentration in a valiant effort to rescue an injured American pilot. Undaunted, after being repelled during the first attempt, and with complete disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Jenkins elected to make a second attempt. As the helicopter positioned itself near the downed airman, it sustained severe battle damage resulting in an uncontrollable fire. Despite the hazards involved, Sergeant Jenkins bravely returned the hostile fire, and continued firing in an effort to save the life of his fellowman. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, in the dedication of his service to his country, Sergeant Jenkins has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 30-Jun-70

Service: Air Force

Rank: Master Sergeant
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POSTED ON 7.4.2015
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear MSGT Paul Laverne Jenkins, 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 10.4.2014

Final Mission of MSGT Paul L. Jenkins

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 5.19.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Paul is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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POSTED ON 7.31.2009
POSTED BY: Steven Yingling

MIA Bracelet

I wore MSgt Jenkins MIA bracelet for a good part of my Air Force career. I have searched for his family since I heard of his discovery. I live in Arkansas near his home of record. If anyone out there can help me find them I would love to give them the bracelet.
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