JOHN W SWANSON JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 21E, LINE 109 OF THE WALL

JOHN WILLARD SWANSON JR

WALL NAME

JOHN W SWANSON JR

PANEL / LINE

21E/109

DATE OF BIRTH

04/01/1938

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/15/1967

HOME OF RECORD

ARLINGTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Bureau County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

LTC

STATUS

MIA

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN WILLARD SWANSON JR
POSTED ON 4.1.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

LTC John W. Swanson has a memorial stone at Oakland Cemetery in Princeton, IL, and also a memorial at Honolulu Memorial.

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
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POSTED ON 3.27.2020

Final Mission of CAPT John W. Swanson Jr.

On June 15, 1967, CAPT John W. Swanson Jr. was the pilot of a U.S. Air Force Republic F-105D Thunderchief fighter-bomber (#61-0213) from the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron. CAPT Swanson was in a flight of four aircraft on a mission over North Vietnam when his Thunderchief was hit by anti-aircraft fire at the Dong Khe railroad sidings, twenty miles north of Vinh. Swanson reportedly headed out over the South China Sea where he ejected from his damaged aircraft approximately one mile off the coast of Nghe Tinh near Trung My village. A good chute was observed, and a beeper was heard as search and rescue (SAR) elements were dispatched. The parachute was observed to be gradually sinking in the water, and shortly after Swanson’s ejection, several small boats were seen departing the area. The SAR was limited when mortar fire from shore batteries was directed at the rescuers. No trace of Swanson was found near his parachute and he was placed in a missing status. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel during the time he was missing. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 7.21.2018
POSTED BY: John Swanson

re: Bracelet (7/21/2018)

Dear sir or ma'am,

Thank you for your post about the bracelet that you have had for many years. "Jack" was my uncle, and he is dearly missed, as are the many other men and women who served and never made it home. My family and I appreciate the men and women who serve and have served, their families, and are always honored to hear from those who have one of my uncles a bracelets. - You always welcome to reach out to me at [email protected] if you have questions about my uncle or wish to share the story of your bracelet.
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POSTED ON 7.21.2018

bracelet

I still have mine. So sorry he did not return.
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POSTED ON 8.24.2017
POSTED BY: Diane

Found artifact.

I have a brecelet that has capt. john Swanson 6-15-67 printed on it. I have had it for years and never knew who he was or what happened. I am reaching out to anyone out there who is related to him and may want it. I would be glad to send it if desired.
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