JOHN S BONNER JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 10W, LINE 123 OF THE WALL

JOHN SIDNEY BONNER JR

WALL NAME

JOHN S BONNER JR

PANEL / LINE

10W/123

DATE OF BIRTH

09/01/1921

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/31/1970

HOME OF RECORD

MCALLEN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hidalgo County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

LTC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN SIDNEY BONNER JR
POSTED ON 10.15.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will remain in our hearts forever.
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POSTED ON 12.19.2017

Final Mission of LTC John S. Bonner Jr.

On May 31, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-16528) from the 120th Aviation Company was conducting an administrative flight when the aircraft crashed in adverse weather conditions. Nine personnel were killed in the incident. The four lost crew members were aircraft commander WO1 John C. Burris, pilot WO1 James D. Griffin, crew chief SP5 Bruce Richardson, and gunner PVT Robert P. O’Brien. The five lost passengers included LTC Harold J. Shea, LTC John S. Bonner Jr., MAJ Benton F. Asbury, CPT Gary D. Hults, and SSGT Durwyn L. Wolf. The crew, call sign Dean 528, was assigned the mission for the purpose of transporting an airfield inspection team to Bu Prang, O'Rang, Bu Dop, and Loc Ninh airfields, and then return to Saigon Heliport. Dean 528 arrived at Loc Ninh Airfield at the estimated time of 1520 hours. Dean 528 called "Tally ho" Loc Ninh, the was last known radio transmission from Dean 528. At approximately 1625 hours, Dean 528 departed Loc Ninh in light rain, between two thunderstorms, on a heading of 200 degrees, and was not seen or heard from again. At approximately 1800 hours that evening, Dean operations (120th Aviation Company Operations operations) was notified that Dean 528 had not continued its flight. At this time, a telephone and radio search was initiated by the 120th Aviation Company Operations officer and continued until 0130 hours, June 1, 1970. An aerial search was not initiated until 1000 hours June 1st because of darkness and adverse weather conditions. The 120th Aviation Company launched one UH-1H helicopter and a light fire team to search for the missing aircraft in the vicinity of Loc Ninh. Additional search aircraft were launched by the 1st Air Cavalry Division, which consisted of two hunter-killer teams (one OH-6A helicopter and two AH-1G helicopters per team) out of Quan Loi. A 1st Air Cav OH-6A found the missing aircraft at approximately 1330 hours. The Dean UH-1H landed in the area as soon as the Regional and Popular Forces were able to secure the area. The Dean crew removed the bodies while the maintenance officer made a sketch of the accident site. Due to the onset of night fall and deteriorating weather conditions, the bodies were flown to Quan Loi and the 120th search party returned to Long Binh. It was not possible to secure the area during the hours of darkness because of the location of the wreckage, known Viet Cong activity in the area, and the non-availability of security forces. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 4.27.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR LT, COLONEL BONNER,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE WITH THE AIR FORCE. I DO NOT KNOW YOUR MOS. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS. IT WAS JUST EASTER - GOD'S BLESSINGS ON YOU.
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POSTED ON 5.25.2016
POSTED BY: thomas r bailey '53 TAMU

The Ultimate Sacrifice was made by this Corps member, who was killed during the Vietnam War.

The Corps of Cadets and Texas A&M University
Salute: Lt. Col John S Bonner
“The Memorial for Vietnam Era”
“Corps Plaza Memorial”
College Station, Texas trb’63
For more information or adding information contact:
Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center 1400 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-1400 (979) 862-2862 http://corps.tamu.edu/contact-us
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POSTED ON 2.22.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LTC John Sidney Bonner Jr, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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