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Donald L Wann
Donald Lynn Wann
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Chief Warrant Officer
D CO, 158TH AVN BN, 160TH AVN GRP, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
31 May 1937 - 01 June 1971
Shawnee, OK
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On 1 June 1971, a multi-aircraft force extracted a Ranger team from a landing zone in western Quang Tri Province, about 5 miles east of the Lao/SVN border. After the team had been extracted, one of the escorting AH-1G gunships was tasked to destroy munitions that had been left on the ground.
The Cobra rolled in from about 1500 feet, descending to about 40 feet as it approached the firing point. Just before weapons release, the aircraft was hit in the underside by enemy fire. Escaping fuel caught fire and the aircraft nosed up, gaining perhaps 150 feet before descending in a vertical right turn to ground impact. The AH-1 hit on a steep slope, skidded downhill for about 100 feet, and burned.
Radio calls made in the few seconds between the time the Cobra was hit and ground impact were not answered, and the crash itself was not survivable. The two crewmen of AH-1G tail number 68-15002 were declared killed in action; their bodies could not be recovered. The men were

CW2 Donald Lynn Wann, pilot
1LT Paul Gerald Magers, copilot

On the 18th of August, 2010 Chief Wann, accompanied by his daughter Shannon,
arrived in Tulsa, OK to a reception of many service buddies,
 87 motorcycles riders , the Oklahoma Patriot Guard with American Flags, several news crews, and his family.  He was escorted to Muskogee, OK were he would receive the HERO's welcome he deserves.
   
 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Media Articles and Social Networking

Channel 8 News (KTUL), Aug 19, 2010; Body of Oklahoma Soldier Killed in Vietnam...

News on 6, Aug 18, 2010: 39 Years Later, Army Officer Donald Wann's Remains Return To Oklahoma

Tulsa World, Aug 19, 2010: Vietnam veteran's remains returned to Oklahoma for burial with full military honors

Tulsa World, Jul 22, 2010:  Persistence pays in quest for closure.

Muskogee Phoenix, Jul 26, 2010; Bringing him Home:

The Leaf Chronicle, Jul 25, 2010: 40 years Later, a Pilot comes home

Channel 3 News, WRCB TV, Chattanooga, TN.,  Jul 25, 2010:  Remains of a missing pilot found in Vietnam

Channel 5 News, Ft Smith - Fayetteville, AR, Jul 25, 2010; Pilot who went missing after Vietnam mission found after 4 decades

The Power of 7 News, KOAM TV, Pittsburg, KS., Jul 25, 2010; Remains of a missing pilot found in Vietnam

The Mustang News, Jul 09, 2010: Daughter's Search For Father Ends

El Reno Tribune, Jul 09, 2010: Country Woman Completes Journey to Find Father

 
 
   
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