Edwin Joseph MacNamara
Major, United States Army
EDWIN JOSEPH MACNAMARA was born on July 18, 1928 and joined the Armed Forces while in PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.
He served in the United States Army. In 12 years of service, he attained the rank of MAJOR. He began a tour of duty on Vietnam on June 20, 1966.
On July 3, 1966, at the age of 37, EDWIN JOSEPH
MACNAMARA perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam.
Macnamara, Ann Donahoe
MACNAMARA, EDWIN JOSEPH
MACNAMARA, ANN DONAHOE
When the Seahorse was flying over the extremely rugged jungle covered mountains approximately 16 miles southeast of Kham Duc and 57 miles north-northwest of Kontum, the aircraft hit severe air turbulence. The UH34's tail, which was designed to pivot for storage on aircraft carriers, had come loose, swung around and chewed the helicopter to pieces in midair. It fell over 1,500 feet in a tight spiral ejecting its passengers, crew and debris over a large area.
Over the next five days, an extensive ground
and aerial search and rescue (SAR) operation was conducted. Search personnel
were able to locate and recover the remains of Capt. MacNamara, SSgt. Fawcett
and five Asians. The bodies of the Americans were transported to a military
mortuary where they were positively identified, then returned to the men's
families. The search personnel found no sign of MSgt. Reno or the remaining
seven Asians. At the time the formal SAR was terminated, Ralph Reno was
immediately listed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.