MERLYN L PAULSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 2W, LINE 122 OF THE WALL

MERLYN LEROY PAULSON

WALL NAME

MERLYN L PAULSON

PANEL / LINE

2W/122

DATE OF BIRTH

06/19/1936

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/29/1972

HOME OF RECORD

FARGO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cass County

STATE

ND

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MERLYN LEROY PAULSON
POSTED ON 8.13.2017

Bracelet

Renovating my basement in southern Ohio I found what seemed to be a scrap piece of metal nailed to a wall in a room we've never used. I was ready to break it off when I recognized it as a military remembrance bracelet (I served and have them for the men I knew).
Merlyn l. Paulson's name was on it. I did not know this hero. Or of him. But for some peculiar reason his bracelet was on the wall in my new house. If anyone knows of or deserves this bracelet email me and let me know. I will be hanging onto it in remembrance of a hero I never knew, but one that we still owe everything too!
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POSTED ON 7.5.2017
POSTED BY: MSgt David R Jewell, U S Air Force (Retired)

Bracelet

I have had a bracelet with Merlyn's information on it for many years. If possible, I would like to give it back to someone in his family.
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POSTED ON 5.21.2017
POSTED BY: Janet M. Taylor

POW/MIA Bracelet

When I was in 7th grade I wore a bracelet with your name on it and at the time I thought of it as a cool piece of jewelry. As a 12 year old girl I did not really understand it's significance. Now as a 58 year old woman I mourn and appreciate you for all you have sacrificed. I still have that cool bracelet and cherish it. I finally did some research and read a report from the American Embassy via Loas and informed myself of your service and read about your fateful mission. I also found a picture of you. You were so young, I have a son and cannot imagine being without him, as your mother was for a good portion of her life. I will never forget you SGT. Merlyn L. Paulson.
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POSTED ON 5.9.2016
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of SSGT Merlyn L. Paulson

Final Mission of SSGT Merlyn L. Paulson
On the night of March 29, 1972, an AC-130A Hercules "Spectre" gunship (#55-0044, nicknamed "Prometheus") departed Ubon Airfield, Thailand on a night reconnaissance mission over supply routes used by North Vietnamese forces in Laos. The crew of the aircraft consisted of pilots MAJ Irving B. Ramsower II and 1LT Charles J. Wanzel III, the navigator, MAJ Henry P. Brauner, and crew members MAJ Howard D. Stephenson, CAPT Curtis D. Miller, CAPT Barclay B. Young, CAPT Richard Castillo, CAPT Richard C. Halpin, SSGT Merlyn L. Paulson, SSGT Edwin J. Pearce, SSGT Edward D. Smith Jr., SSGT James K. Caniford; and Airmen First Class (A1C) William A. Todd and Robert E. Simmons. As the aircraft was in the jungle foothills 56 miles east of Savannakhet in southern Laos, it was shot down by at least one, possibly two Russian surface to air missiles (SAM). According to the F-4 Phantom II pilots escorting the ship, the AC-130 was in a valley a few miles west of Tchepone, Laos. The gunship was working over targets in the area. Visibility was about four miles with scattered clouds at 6,000 feet. The aircraft was illuminated by the full moon to the west, a gunners' moon. Triple-A (anti-aircraft fire) was moderate, nothing unusual, until the fighter pilots saw a SAM launch from their port side. It rose up in an arc headed for the AC-130. As the gunship rolled right to avoid the first SAM, two more were fired at it from different locations. There was no way out as they were bracketed. The escort pilots agreed, he took a hit on the right wing inboard engine and an explosion and fire resulted. As the gunship started to drop down, another explosion occurred and something large and flaming was seen to separate from the aircraft. "There was no mayday call," said the Phantom pilot. "We heard a couple beepers very distinctly, but all we could see down there in the darkness were fires on the ground." This word that a number of beepers were heard caused speculation that the North Vietnamese were trying to lure rescue crews into an ambush. U.S. government sources stated in February 1986 that a fighter escort plane reported that the aircraft crashed in a fireball, no parachutes were seen, nor was radio contact made with the AC-130 or any of its crew. In 1972, however, the Pearce family was told that an F-4 support plane traveling with the AC-130 heard "so many beepers they couldn't count them" and that the emergency beeper type carried by the crew could only be activated manually. The Pearce family took this as strong proof that a number of the crew survived. The support aircraft plane left the area to refuel. When it returned, there were no signs of life. The U.S. and Laos excavated this aircraft's crash site in February 1986. The teams recovered a limited number of human bone fragments, personal effects and large pieces of plane wreckage. It was later announced by the U.S. Government that the remains of Castillo, Halpin, Ramsower, Simmons, Todd, Paulson, Pearce, Wanzel and Smith had been positively identified from these bone fragments. They were interred in Arlington National Cemetery on June 18, 2010. [Taken from pownetwork.org and us-mil-thai.tripod.com]
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POSTED ON 3.22.2015

I wore his MIA bracelet for many years

I would like to send the MIA bracelet to a friend or family member of t/sgt MERLIN PAULSON I wore this for many years , I hope family still remains and checks this message!
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