HONORED ON PANEL 7E, LINE 62 OF THE WALL

JAMES ARTHUR PRESTON

WALL NAME

JAMES A PRESTON

PANEL / LINE

7E/62

DATE OF BIRTH

08/10/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/15/1966

HOME OF RECORD

BOWDON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Carroll County

STATE

GA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES ARTHUR PRESTON
POSTED ON 8.24.2023
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. I am heartened you returned home after the passage of so many years though I wish it had been under very different circumstances. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 8.8.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Burial Information

CMS James Arthur Preston is buried in a group burial in Section 60, site 7935 of the Arlington National Cemetery. He is buried with COL George W. Jensen, CMS William L. Madison, SMS Kenneth D. McKenney, COL Lavern George Reilly, COL Marshall L. Tapp, MAJ George W. Thompson, and CMS James E. Williams.

Welcome Home.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 6.17.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear CMSgt James Preston, Thank you for your service as a Multi-purpose Propeller Aircraft Crewman. Glad you were identified on 1999. WELCOME HOME. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is the end of Spring. 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 8.11.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CMS James Arthur Preston, 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 10.28.2014

Final Mission of SSGT James A. Preston

MAJ George W. Jensen was the pilot of an AC-47 aircraft which departed Ubon Air Base, Thailand on an armed visual reconnaissance mission over Laos on May 15, 1966. His crew that day consisted of spare pilot MAJ Lavern G. Reilly, co-pilot CAPT Marshall L. Tapp, navigator 1LT George W. Thompson, load master SSGT James A. Preston, flight engineer SGT James E. Williams, and gunners Airman 1st Class Kenneth D. McKenney and SGT William L. Madison. At 1745 hours, Jensen radioed his position, and again at 2100 hours, Jensen radioed situation normal, with no position given, nor was the target area specified. The aircraft's last location was over the Laotian panhandle about 15 miles due east of the city of Ban Muong Sen in Savannakhet Province. When the aircraft failed to return to the base as scheduled, an aerial search was conducted during the daylight hours of May 16, with negative results. The aircraft was not found, and no evidence of the crew surfaced. Joint U.S.-Lao investigative teams visited several sites in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 and conducted excavations where they recovered human remains and crew-related items. This work allowed for the return of their remains in December 1999. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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