Bates, Paul Jennings, Jr., CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
1980-Fixed Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 1980, 220th Aviation Company
Service Years
1968 - 1971

Transportation Corps


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mesa, AZ
Last Address
Mesa, AZ

Casualty Date
Aug 10, 1971
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03W 127

 Official Badges 

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Aviator Badge (Basic)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
Officer Candidate School (Infantry) Fort Benning, GAInfantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GAAviation Fixed Wing Training Course220th Aviation Company
212th Aviation Battalion11th Aviation Group
  1968-1969, 1542, Officer Candidate School (Infantry) Fort Benning, GA
  1969-1969, 1980, 41st Student Company (Cadre) , 4th Student Battalion (Airborne) Airborne Department
  1969-1970, 1980, Aviation Fixed Wing Training Course
  1970-1971, 1980, 220th Aviation Company
  1970-1971, 1980, 212th Aviation Battalion
  1970-1971, 1980, 11th Aviation Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (1971)
 Colleges Attended 
Arizona State University
  1961-1964, Arizona State University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On August 10, 1971, CAPT Paul J. Bates, pilot and SP5 Thomas A. Dolan, observer, were flying an O-1G (serial #51-2267) conducting a visual reconnaissance mission in Quang Tri, South Vietnam when their aircraft crashed and burned. At 1455 hours that day, CAPT Bates was trying to show the pilot of an accompanying aircraft a target in the area. A few minutes later, his aircraft appeared to fly into the trees and disappear. The accompanying aicraft flew to the crash site and observed the wreckage located on a slope. There were no signs of anyone moving about the area or any bodies near the wreckage. Shortly after the crash, the aircraft began to burn. Several aircraft conducted search operations for survivors with no success. Those witnessing the crash and those conducting the search operations believed that it was extremely unlikely that CAPT Bates or SP5 Dolan could have survived the crash or escaped the fire. The cabin section, half of the wings, and part of the tail were completely destroyed by the crash and fire. Because of the difficult terrain and lack of visual indication of survivors, no ground search was made. In spite of the grave outlook of the fates of Bates and Dolan, the Army did not declare them killed, but as Missing in Action. Reasons for this determination are not known. [Narrative taken from; image from]

POSTED BY: DAVID L AYERS, CPT USAR (RETIRED) MY ROOMMATE AND BEST FRIEND AT INFANTRY OCS: PJ and I first met when we reported for Infantry OCS at "Benning School For Boys" in October of 1968. We ended up sharing a room for six months, 24 hours a day. In that time we became very close friends and minor trouble-makers in our OCS Company. I last saw PJ at Ft Rucker (he in fixed-wing and me in helicopter flight shool) the day before I graduated from flight school. That would have been 15 June 1970. My wife and I both loved him as a brother. To this day I love, miss, and remember him fondly. Hopefully someday a full accounting will be made of PJ and so many others that our country abdandoned in South East Asia.
My Son, (JAY) Paul Jr,  Jay was an Air Force brat, and as such he went to schools in Phoenix, Alaska, Massachusetts, and graduated high school in Enid, Oklahoma. Later he attended ASU where he was the top student in the Air Force ROTC. Because he took two years off school to serve a mission for his church in Scotland, and made changes in his major, he was not able to graduate. He was dropped by ROTC and picked up by the draft board on the same day in 1968. Rather than be drafted, he joined the Army to secure flight training. He made Staff Sergeant in 7 months, then went to OCS, where he was Honor Grad. While waiting for assignment to flight school, he went to jump school and got his paratrooper wings. After completion of flight training, he was assigned to Viet Nam. From September, 1970 to August, 1971, he earned the Air Medal and the Purple Heart, in addition to the National Defense Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and Viet Nam Campaign Ribbon he had already earned. He achieved the rank of Captain and the nickname, among others, of "Magnet Ass" because his plane was shot at so often. He was finally shot down on August 10, 1971. Jay was very well liked by all who knew him and will be remembered with love and respect as a man of integrity by all his friends and family.
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