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United States Air Force Aircrew
18 June 1972
"On October 27, 1994, the Air Force announced that they had identified the remains of thirteen servicemen killed during the Vietnam War, including twelve who were on an AC-130A shot down over the A-Shau Valley on June 18, 1972. According to a news report from Travis Air Force Base, California, three of the twelve members of the crew (Major Gerald F. Ayers, Captain Mark Danielson and Senior Master Sergeant Jacob Mercer) had ben individually identified and the nine other crew members (Tech Sergeant Richard Cole,Captain Paul Gilbert, Major Robert Harrison, Sergeant Leon Hunt, Sergeant Donald Klinke, Sergeant Stanley Lehrke, Sergeant Larry Newman, Sergeant Richard Nyhof and Captain Robert Wilson) had been 'identified' as a group. 

"On November 17, 1994, a group burial of the co-mingled remains of the AC-130 crew was held at Arlington National Cemetery.



AYRES, GERALD F
Major, United States Air Force 
DATE OF BIRTH: 02/23/1939
DATE OF DEATH: 06/18/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 4591

COLE, RICHARD M
Sergeant, United States Air Force 
DATE OF BIRTH:
DATE OF DEATH: 06/18/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 4591

DANIELSON, MARK G
Captain, United States Air Force
DATE OF BIRTH:
DATE OF DEATH: 06/18/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 4591

GILBERT, PAUL F
Captain, United States Air Force 
DATE OF BIRTH:
DATE OF DEATH: 06/18/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 4591

HARRISON, ROBERT H
Major, United States Air Force 
DATE OF BIRTH:
DATE OF DEATH: 06/18/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 4591

HUNT, LEON A
Sergant, United States Air Force 
DATE OF BIRTH:
DATE OF DEATH: 06/18/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 4591

KLINKE, DONALD H
Sergeant, United States Air Force 
DATE OF BIRTH:
DATE OF DEATH: 06/18/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 4591

LEHRKE, STANLEY L
Sergeant, United States Air Force 
DATE OF BIRTH:
DATE OF DEATH: 06/18/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 4591

MERCER, JACOB E 
Semior M/Sergeant United States Air Force 
DATE OF BIRTH:
DATE OF DEATH: 06/18/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 4591

NEWMAN, LARRY J
Sergeant, United States Air Force
DATE OF BIRTH:
DATE OF DEATH: 06/18/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 4591

NYHOF, RICHARD E
Sergeant, United States Air Force
DATE OF BIRTH:
DATE OF DEATH: 06/18/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 4591

WILSON, ROBERT A
Captain, United States Air Force
DATE OF BIRTH:
DATE OF DEATH: 06/18/1972
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 4591


Posted: 11 August 2006
Purple Heart Medal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

USAF Aircrew: 16 June 1972 Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Roxsanne Wells-Layton, August 2006