Dean Amick Wadsworth
Captain, United States Air Force
Dean Amick Wadsworth was born on November 30,
1930 and joined the Armed
He served in the Air force. In 12 years
of service, he attained the rank of Captain. He
DEAN AMICK WADSWORTH is listed as Missing in Action.
Wadsworth, Dean Amick
ADSWORTH, DEAN AMICK
Name: Dean Amick Wadsworth
REMARKS: ACFT BROKE UP CRASH EXPLODED
The remains of six American servicemen previously unaccounted-for from the war in Southeast Asia have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial in the United States.
They are identified as Air Force Capt. Dean A. Wadsworth, Clarendon, Texas; Marine SSgt. Harold E. Reid, Salt Lake City, Utah; Navy Lt. David L. Hodges, Chevy Chase, Md.; Air Force Lt. Col. Lewis M. Robinson, Saginaw, Mich.; Air Force Capt. Douglas K. Martin, Tyler, Texas; and Air Force Capt. Samuel L. James, Chattanooga, Tenn.
On October 8, 1963, Wadsworth and his South
Vietnamese crewman were flying their T-28B Trojan on a combat support mission
approximately 50 miles southwest of Da Nang, South Vietnam. As he
completed his bombing run over the target, his aircraft broke apart in
mid air, crashed and exploded, as reported by another pilot on the mission.
A massive search and rescue operation was initiated that day by two Marine
helicopters but they disappeared during the mission. At dawn on the
following day, Marine helicopters airlifted two companies of South Vietnamese
infantrymen to the
Two T-28s, B-26s and a South Vietnamese A-1 aircraft responded by strafing enemy positions. An American L-19 light observation aircraft directing the strike was hit, the Vietnamese observer was wounded, and the aircraft made a forced landing. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese ground troops found both Marine helicopters that had disappeared on the first day. Ten bodies were recovered, but two remain missing in action to this day. In the days during the search and rescue operations, 207 missions were flow n, three aircraft were lost and four others damaged. Fifteen South Vietnamese soldiers were killed and seven were wounded.
In late 1993, a Vietnamese local turned over
remains he said were recovered near the crash site. In May of the
following year, a joint U.S./Vietnamese team, led by the Joint Task Force-Full
Accounting, visited the area of the crash, interviewed villagers and obtained
some aircraft debris and pilot-related equipment. In September, another
joint team examined the crash site and found more debris, but no remains.
Then in May 1995, another team excavated the site where they found remains,
as well as two identification tags of Wadsworth.