HARRY A AMESBURY JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 7 OF THE WALL

HARRY ARLO AMESBURY JR

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HARRY A AMESBURY JR

PANEL / LINE

1W/7

DATE OF BIRTH

02/13/1932

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/26/1972

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COUNTY OF RECORD

Whiteside County

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LEFT FOR HARRY ARLO AMESBURY JR
POSTED ON 11.12.2020
POSTED BY: Nick U’Ren

A Friend

I knew Harry at Edwards AFB, CA before Vietnam. I was an Advisor to the VNAF in 71-72. Harry would come into Vietnam to fly C-130 missions and we got together several times for dinner. Harry brought me a Chinese bicycle from Taiwan. The afternoon before the final mission, Harry came by office in the VNAF HQs. I was traveling up country and missed him. He left a brief message with our Exec that he was going on mission that night. I was very upset when I heard the outcome. God bless a very good American, his family and that crew!
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POSTED ON 8.31.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR MAJOR AMESBURY,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A PILOT - TACTICAL AIRCRAFT - VARIOUS. I AM GLAD YOU WERE IDENTIFIED IN 2001.
REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 6.25.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Major Harry Arlo Amesbury Jr., Served with the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, 13th Air Force.
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POSTED ON 6.5.2015

I still wear the bracelet....

I continue to wear your MIA bracelet so your sacrifice will never be forgotten. It's been thirty plus years since I received the bracelet, replaced several times due to wear and tear, and wear it each and every day.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Respectfully,

Brian Chapman
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POSTED ON 5.21.2014

Final Mission of MAJ Harry A. Amesbury Jr.

From the CCK Air Force Base in Taiwan, C-130 crews flew to different locations, including Korea, Borneo, Indonesia, Japan, Africa, etc. But most trips were to various bases in Vietnam for 3 week stays. Then the men would return to the base in Taiwan for 3 days. On one such Vietnam tour, one C-130E had a crew consisting of MAJ Harry A. Amesbury Jr., pilot; 1LT Richard L. Russell, navigator, TSGT Richard E. Dunn, loadmaster, SSGT Calvin C. Cooke Jr., TSGT Donald R. Hoskins, and CAPT Kurt F. Weisman, crew members. This crew was TDY to 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Tan Son Nhut Airbase, South Vietnam. On April 26, 1972, Amesbury's aircraft and crew were making a night drop of supplies to South Vietnamese forces trapped in An Loc, South Vietnam (about 65 miles from Saigon). The provincial capital had been under siege by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces off and on since early April. Supply drops and air support were critically needed and often hampered by hostile forces outside the city. Supply drops were generally accomplished in one of two ways, both requiring that the plane be airborne, and flying at very low altitudes. Using one method, parachutes attached to the supply pallets were deployed. As the plane flew over, the parachutes pulled the cargo from the plane. Using another method, a hook attached to the cargo was dropped from the plane, affixed to some firm fixture on the ground. As the plane departed the area, the cargo was pulled out of the plane. Both required considerable skill under the best of circumstances. Upon approach to the drop site at a very low level, Amesbury's aircraft was hit by enemy fire and was reported to be down. The men onboard the aircraft were declared Missing in Action. According to the Department of the Air Force, it received unspecified information that contained evidence of death for the crew members on May 5, 1972. The status of the missing men was changed to Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. In February, 1975, non-American friendly forces recovered and returned the remains of Kurt Weisman. No information surfaced on the rest of the crew. All onboard had been assumed killed in the downing of the plane. (Image: A U.S. Air Force Lockheed C-130B/E Hercules aircraft passes low over a drop zone in South Vietnam to deliver a pallet of supplies to ground forces in a forward area. The low altitude parachute extraction system (LAPES) was successfully used to resupply forward area sites where it was impossible for an aircraft to land.) [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.com]
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