JOSE LUIS MIRANDA-ORTIZ
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HONORED ON PANEL 31E, LINE 14 OF THE WALL

JOSE LUIS MIRANDA-ORTIZ

WALL NAME

JOSE L MIRANDA-ORTIZ

PANEL / LINE

31E/14

DATE OF BIRTH

01/28/1936

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/30/1967

HOME OF RECORD

RIO PIEDRAS

STATE

PR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOSE LUIS MIRANDA-ORTIZ
POSTED ON 5.31.2021
POSTED BY: Ron Young

Missing You

Jose,
It was a very sad day when we learned about the accident. I left Pleiku the very next month to return to the states. I will never forget all the meals we shared. It took me years to find you on the wall. It was my pleasure to have know you and I will be seeing you down the road.
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POSTED ON 11.24.2020
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota

I Remember Your Sacrifice

Jose was born and raised in Puerto Rico until he enlisted in the US Army.
Arriving in Vietnam 6 November 1966, Jose was assigned to 330th RR,509th ASA Group, Army Sec Agency,USARV. Jose was aboard a C-73 62-4175, as a passenger, when the C-37 missed the approach on the runway and crashed into a mountain due to bad weather conditions, 5 miles south of Qui Nhon. Jose died as a result of injuries during the crash on November 30 and his body was recovered and identified 8 December 1967. Jose was single and he served his country for
8 years.
At the time of his death be was survived by his mother,Amparo Ortiz-Miranda
of 676 Villa Prades, Rio Piedras, PR.

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Jose.

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POSTED ON 10.28.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Ssgt Jose Miranda-Ortiz, I hope your photo is put here because this wall of faces needs yours too. Thank you for your service as an Expert Linguist. I researched you the 54th anniversary of the start of your tour. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Halloween is this week, Happy Halloween. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 1.15.2020
POSTED BY: James E. Sawmiller

You are not Forgotten

You have gave the Ultimate Sacrifice.
If any Family members or Friends of Jose reads this, I am looking for a picture of him to send to W.DC for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
Wall of Faces It would be nice to have a picture of him to put with his Name.
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POSTED ON 3.7.2016

Final Mission of SSGT Jose L. Miranda-Ortiz

On November 30, 1967, a U.S. Air Force C-7B (#62-4175) from the 458th Tactical Airlift Squadron (TAS), 483rd Tactical Airlift Wing (TAW) at Cam Ranh Air Base, hit a mountain about 5 miles south of Qui Nhon after a bad weather missed approach. On the initial approach to Qui Nhon, the pilot was advised that the weather at the airfield had fallen below safety minimal. He replied that he would to proceed to Nha Trang where the weather conditions were better. Enroute to Nha Trang the aircraft hit a mountain at 1,850 feet. The presence of low clouds and rain had reduced visibility to about two miles. It took search and rescue teams five days to locate the crash site in the dense jungle. Twenty-six people were killed in the crash. The four lost crewmen included MAJ Thomas D. Moore Jr., MAJ William J. Clark III, SSGT Arturo Delgado-Marin, and SSGT Stanley J. Yurewicz. Two Air Force passengers and 18 U.S. Army personnel, including two U.S. civilians, were also killed in the accident. Five of passengers were medical personnel. They had been temporarily assigned to a Pleiku hospital and were returning to Qui Nhon. They included CAPT Eleanor G. Alexander, 1LT Jerome E. Olmsted, 1LT Hedwig D. Orlowski, 1LT Kenneth R. Shoemaker, and SP5 Phillip A. Ogas. Other lost personnel included SSGT Edward O. Bilsie, SP4 Bobby G. Brown, A1C Daryl L. Davis, PFC William R. Godwin, SGT William E. Groves, SGT Whyley E. Josh, SFC Bobby D. Likens, 1LT Norman F. Loeffler, SSGT Jose L. Miranda-Ortiz, SSGT Clarence L. Palmer, CPL Jack Rogers, SP4 Lawrence D. Snyder, SGT Teddy Waxman, PFC Libert J. Weldon Jr., and PFC Edward J. Williamson. [Taken from forest-lawn.com, coffeltdatabase.org, and findagrave.com]
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