CW3 William J Francis was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 10/10/1967 at the age of 34.6 from A/C accident
Newport News, VA
Date of Birth 02/25/1933
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 178 ASHC in 66-67
Call sign in Vietnam BOXCAR
This information was provided by Billy Francis, Son

More detail on this person: As a passenger in an Army U6 Beaver accident, with Marvin Johnson. Plane Down in Potomac; Five Missing FT. EUSTIS, Va. (AP) - A single-engine Army plane bound from Ft. Eustis to Harrisburg, Pa., apparently exploded Tuesday and crashed into the Potomac River, about 50 miles southeast of Washington. An Army spokesman here said five people were aboard the plane, a U6 Beaver, which left the Ft. Eustis airfield at 10:30 a.m. The five, listed as missing, were identified by the Army as Capt. James P. Perry, 30, son of Joseph F. Perry of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Capt. Dennis Wrobleski, 30, son of Thad Wrobleski of Independence, Ohio; CWO 3.C. William J. Francis, 35, son of Morgan B. Francis of Newport News, Va.; CWO 2.C. Warren L. Johnson, 27, son of Lewis Johnson of Clayton, N.C.; and Spec. 6 Robert C. Fultz, 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam C. Fultz of Nashville, Tenn. 10 OCT 67 CPT James P. Perry [P] CPT Dennis A. Wrobleski [CP] CW2 Marvin L. Johnson CW3 William J. Francis SP6 Roger C. Fultz [C] Virginia [ Need A/C Unit] U-6A [Need Tail#] A/C from Ft Eustis went down in the Potomac River off Coles Point, about 20 miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Cause of crash was determined to be a bent stop on the propeller governor which caused engine failure due to overspeed.

Burial information: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

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