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Name: MAJ Jackie Willard Sanford (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/16/1965 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 33.3
Date of Birth: 03/04/1932
Home City: East Rainelle, WV
Service: IN branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/502 AVN
Major organization: other
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02E-011
Short Summary: Gun ship shot down while supporting S. Vietnamese in the Delta out of Vinh Long. Long Binh heliport named after him. See Bows book
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 63-08709
Service number: O90430
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 9181
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 09/26/1964
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 16
Location: Unknown Province

Additional information about this casualty:
Jackie Sanford enlisted in the United States Marine Corps when he was 14 years old and completed a three year tour, (Was known to be the youngest man to ever enlist in the Corps). Served in China with Marine Air Group and was evacuated out of Tsingtao in 1949 when the Communists took over the country. From: Hank Yale

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 10/18/2006

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