Vaughan, John W., 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Quartermaster Corps
Last Primary MOS
2625-Logistics Officer
Last MOS Group
Logistics (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, Army Support Command, Qui Nhon /HHC
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Quartermaster Corps

Second Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Toledo , OH
Last Address
Toledo , OH

Casualty Date
Jun 17, 1967
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Calvary Cemetery - Toledo, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 45 Lot 172 Grave 1

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments
Officer Candidate School (Armor) Fort Knox, KY1st Logistical Command
  1966-1967, 0006, Officer Candidate School (Armor) Fort Knox, KY
  1967-1967, Army Support Command, Qui Nhon /HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Colleges Attended 
Bowling Green State University
  1962-1965, Bowling Green State University
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Last Known Activity


Air Loss

On Saturday, June 17, 1967, a USAF Lockheed C-130B Hercules transport plane, serial number 60-0293, from the 772nd Troop Carrier Squadron with 49 passengers and seven crewmen aboard, was destroyed in a takeoff accident at An Khe Airfield in Binh Dinh Province, RVN. The aircraft was enroute to Pleiku when it developed a mechanical failure while departing. When the Hercules was nearing decision speed on take-off, the aircraft drifted to the left side of the runway. The crew brought the plane back onto the flight strip, but ran out of runway, sliding down an embankment where it burst into flames. None of the crewmen were lost in the crash, however, 34 of the passengers were killed; 15 survived. Of the 34 fatalities, 17 were U.S. military personnel, comprising of ten Army and seven Air Force members. The lost soldiers were SGT John E. Bernard, SP5 Robert L. Clukey Jr., SGT Howard E. Hurst, PSGT George T. Murray, SP5 Thomas R. Raschel, MAJ Benjamin F. Robertson Jr., 1LT James P. Schueller, MAJ Edward E. Strombeck, SSGT Willie L. Thigpen, and 2LT John W. Vaughan; the lost airmen included CAPT Herman G. Ebbinga, CAPT James R. Jones, LTC Paul F. Kiecker, 1LT Dennis S. Pazdan, MAJ Maurice A. Shaff Jr., TSGT William B. Weikal Jr., and SSGT Charles E. West. [Taken from and]

Oregon's Only Officer Lost In War

Second Lieutenant John W. Vaughan, was a member of the United States Army, HHC, US ARMY SUPPORT COMMAND QUI NHON, 1st LOG CMD. He was a passport and auditing officer. 

2Lt. John W. Vaughan, boarded a C-130 airplane on the night of June 17, 1967, for a flight from An Khe to Pleiku, South Vietnam. Near the end of the runway during take-off, the pilot attempted to abort the departure due to a mechanical failure. The plane crashed and burned in a gulley at the end of the runway. 2Lt. John W. Vaughan was in route from one duty station to another. 

Raised in Williston, Ohio, 2Lt. Vaughan, graduated from Genoa High School and Bowling Green State University. John Vaughan married a Clay High School graduate, Marcia Danyi. She lived in Oregon, Ohio, so the couple made their home on Pickle Road. John enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the tank corps. Because he was a college graduate John Vaughan was selected for Officer Candidate School from which he graduated and was commissioned as an officer. He died 6-17-1967.
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