MANNIFRED YATES
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HONORED ON PANEL 18W, LINE 80 OF THE WALL

MANNIFRED YATES

WALL NAME

MANNIFRED YATES

PANEL / LINE

18W/80

DATE OF BIRTH

04/07/1935

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/13/1969

HOME OF RECORD

PIKEVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Pike County

STATE

KY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

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LEFT FOR MANNIFRED YATES
POSTED ON 12.1.2015

Final Mission of MAJ Mannifred Yates

MAJ Mannifred Yates was a Snap Forward Air Controller assigned to the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Bien Hoa. On September 13, 1969, he was piloting O-2A (#68-10987) with CAPT Thomas W. Norman as an observer when they were shot down by small arms fire. They were flying a visual reconnaissance mission in the Saigon area when they were hit. MAJ Yates attempted an emergency landing but crashed and they were both killed. He had 14 years of service and served 258 days in combat. His body was recovered. [Taken from fac-assoc.org]
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POSTED ON 10.12.2013
POSTED BY: Al Spizzo

A friend from Aviation Cadets

Good natured Mannifred, always a friend and smiling. I am 81 years old and I wii never forget his old blue Buick convertible and how a bunch of Cadets, from Harlingen, would pile into his car on the weekends and head for Padre Island. He had a wonderful zest for life.
I just learned of his passing and I know the Good Lord is enjoying his sunny and charitable personality.
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POSTED ON 10.25.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Mannifred is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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POSTED ON 8.23.2007

If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. Mannifred YATES, USAF...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!!!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of m ine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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POSTED ON 8.15.2006
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

NEVER FORGOTTEN


FOREVER REMEMBERED

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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