Sansone, Dominick, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1964-1984, 11B10, POW/MIA
Service Years
1950 - 1964


Special Forces
Sergeant First Class


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1930
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Brooklyn
Last Address
Brooklyn

Casualty Date
Dec 10, 1964
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 076

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 Unit Assignments
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)POW/MIA
  1961-1964, 11B10, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1964-1964, 11B10, MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
  1964-1984, 11B10, POW/MIA
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SANSONE, DOMINICK  

SFC   US ARMY

KOREA, VIETNAM

DATE OF BIRTH: 07/03/1930

DATE OF DEATH: 12/10/1964

BURIED AT: SECTION P  SITE 885


2040 WELLWOOD AVENUE FARMINGDALE, NY 11735-1211

(631) 454-4949

   
Comments/Citation
SVN; B-53, or A1/212, BT105843, aboard Air America C-123

SOG A-team # 212 TDY from Okinawa during 1964 - 1965.  The team Captain was Dusty Crawford.  The team Senior medic was Jim Flanagan.  We lost SSG Paliskis and SFC Dom Sansone.

SYNOPSIS: During the mid-1960's most Americans were scarcely aware that the U.S. was beginning military activity in Southeast Asia. The U.S. military role at that time was that of advisors to the South Vietnamese military; an effort made to help the Vietnamese protect their homeland from communism.
Air Force MAJ Woodrow W. Vaden was an American member of a Vietnamese flight crew onboard a Fairchild C123 "Provider." The Provider, particularly in camoflage paint with mottled topside and light bottomside, resembled an arched-back whale suspended from the bottom midpoint of huge dorsal wings. Like other transports, the Provider proved its versatility during the Vietnam war serving as transport, attack aircraft, and later as part of the controversial Project Ranch Hand which sprayed pesticides and herbicides over Vietnam, including Agent Orange.
Another American onboard the aircraft was U.S. Army paratrooper SFC Dominick Sansone. The two Americans were flying with a group of South Vietnamese airmen on December 10, 1964 when the aircraft was shot down just east of Da Nang, killing all aboard.
For reasons now obscure, South Vietnamese authorities took possession of all recovered remains and took them to Saigon for burial in a military cemetery. U.S. authorities believed that the remains of one or both Americans were among those recovered. Sources say several unsuccessful attempts were made by the U.S. to locate and recover them from the cemetery during the war. Both men were listed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.
In 1983, Vietnam discovered Sansone's remains and turned them over to the United States. The positive identification of the remains was announced the following year. Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Van Dong, in a 1984 interview with Newsweek, used the case to illustrate the many practical difficulties in the search for America's missing.
"Even the most sophisticated U.S. computer that has documented the MIAs fails to be of help," he said. "For example, U.S. information given to us listed paratrooper Dominic Sansone...as MIA over Danang in 1964, and we found his remains buried in a cemetery outside of Ho Chi Minh City."
U.S. authorities knew that the Vietnamese were moving bodies from the cemetery in question but did not alert them to the probability that American remains were there. Why would the U.S. not report the location of Sansone's remains?
Many critics point to the Sansone case as an example of slipshod handling of the POW/MIA accounting effort. If the U.S. had been forthcoming with the knowledge on file concerning Sansone's body, perhaps his family would not have had to wait nearly 20 years for his return.
Even more curious is U.S. handling of the live POW issue. It is a rare news report that mentions any discussion between the U.S. and Vietnam for live American POWs in Southeast Asia, a startling oversight in light of well over a thousand first hand, live-sighting reports received by the U.S. concerning missing Americans.
Many authorities who have examined the largely-classified information relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia believe that hundreds are still alive in captivity today. From the manner in which their return has been handled, it sometimes seems that the U.S. Government doesn't really
want them home. Meanwhile, the fates of hundreds of men like Woodrow W. Vaden remain
uncertain.
Very little information available about the incident or the men involved exists on line. However, what follows is the core of what is extant.
According to sources, a Fairchild C-123 flown by the South Vietnamese Air Force crashed shortly after taking off from Danang AB. 32 passengers and 6 air crew were killed in the incident.
(( http://www.planecrashinfo.com/1964/1964-64.htm ))
There is a report of the incident in which Major Vaden and the entire personnel on the C-123 were killed when it crashed into Monkey Mountain near Danang. U.S. Marines and ARVN in the area took over the crash site which was apparently a ghastly sight. Bodies were recovered from the wreckage, though little information is forthcoming about the incident, etc.. The wreckage was later destroyed by a Marine demolition team. What remained of the body of the Major and the Army Staff Sergeant were removed [U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Dominick Sansone and U.S. Air Force Major Woodrow Wilson Vaden, were killed in this plane crash. Major Vaden's body was never recovered.]
((Sergeant First Class Sansone served with the 1th Special Forces Group (Det A-212) His remains were returned 17 July 1984. He was interred at Pine Lawn Cemetery Farmingdale, New York. ( http://www.specialforcesroh.com/browse.php?mode=viewiroll&rollid=8531 )))
See the copywritten article: "Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 365 in Vietnam, 1964-1965" at http://www.angelfire.com/de/HMM365Vietnam/histvn64b.html

Sometime after the USMC departed camp Bishigawa it became a US Army facility. This had to have been before June 1962.

By June 1962 the US Army 1st Special Forces Group had moved into the camp. It was later officially named Camp Dominick Sansone, in honor of a 1st SFG Green Beret "KIA/Body Not Recovered" in Viet Nam in December 1964. One article about SFC Sansone can be found on the internet at http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/v/v350.htm


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