Summary

Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Air Force 1
Rank:
Senior Master Sergeant 2
Birth:
28 Mar 1945 2
Death:
24 Jun 1977 2
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Full Name:
James Randall Williams 2
Birth:
28 Mar 1945 2
Male 2
Death:
24 Jun 1977 2
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 2
Age at Death: 32 2
Body Recovered: Not recovered 2
Casualty Date: 29 Dec 1967 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Missing 2
Residence:
Hometown: Charlotte, NC 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Married 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Air Force 1
Rank:
Senior Master Sergeant 2
Air Wing:
314th TAW 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E8 2
Major Command:
13th AF 2
Service:
Air Force 2
Squadron:
Det 1 (Nha Trang) 2
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Religion:
Baptist - Other Groups 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 1 2
Panel: 33E 2

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I believe I have the MIA braclet for this man. I have had it over 30 years. If there is any family members you can email me at stewiethebird@hotmail.com.

MIA BRACLET I was wondering if he had any children and or was his spouse still living?

I have been wearing his bracelet since 1973 and have never taken it off. If anyone in his family would like to contact me, I can be reached at elena_deployed@yahoo.com

On 29 December 1967, Maj. Charles P. Claxton, aircraft commander; Capt. Gerald G. Van Buren, 1st pilot; Capt. Edwin N. Osborne Jr., pilot; Lt. Col. Donald E. Fisher, navigator; Capt. Frank C. Parker III, navigator; Capt. Gordon J. Wenaas, navigator;  SSgt. Gean P. Clapper, radio operator; SSgt. Wayne A. Eckley, flight engineer; TSgt. Jack McCrary, flight engineer; SSgt. Edward J. Darcy, loadmaster; and then Sgt. James R. Williams, loadmaster; comprised the crew of a C130E (tail number 64-0547). The aircraft departed Nha Trang Airbase, South Vietnam at 0030 hours on a highly classified special mission over the rugged jungle-covered mountains of Tuan Giao District, Lai Chau Province, North Vietnam.

The weather conditions included solid cloud cover with bases at 800 feet and tops to 8,000 feet. There were scattered high clouds with bases at 25,000 feet and tops to 30,000 feet. The visibility ranged from 3 to 5 miles with isolated rains showers throughout the region.

 

At 0430 hours, the pilot made radio contact with the Nha Trang air traffic control tower reporting the mission was progressing as scheduled. When no further radio contact could be established with the aircraft or its crew, and it failed to return to base at the time its fuel supply was exhausted, search and rescue (SAR) efforts were organized. The last radio transmission with the C130E placed the Herc over a region that was sparsely populated approximately 7 miles south of Ban Nam Muong, 19 miles southwest of Ban Ko La, 28 miles southwest of the Vietnamese/Chinese border and 41 miles northeast of the Vietnamese/Lao border. Over the next two weeks 1 electronic search and 3 photo reconnaissance missions were conducted over these extremely rugged enemy controlled mountains of northwestern North Vietnam. When no trace of the aircraft or crew was found, the formal search was terminated on 29 January 1968. At that time all eleven crewmen were listed Missing in Action.


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