Make your own free website on Tripod.com

His name is Keavin Lee Terrell, born October 5, 1949 in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana. 
The official date of loss was three days before his twentieth birthday-
on October 2, 1969. Keavin Lee would be almost 50 but, because he was
in Vietnam, defending my right to observe my fiftieth birthday wherever
and with whomever I choose, he never lived to see one decade.
"North Vietnam/Over Water-killed/body never recovered"
Those were the words on the telegram recieved by Keavin's family...
it went on...the "official report." Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: C2A

Personnel In Incident: Terry L. Beck; Richard W. Bell; Michael L.; 
Bowman: Frank Bytheway; Rolando C. Dayao; Donald C. Dean; Herbert H. 
Dilger; Carl J.Ellerd; James J. Fowler; Roy G. Fowler; Leonardo M. 
Gan; Paul E. Gore; William D.Gorsuch; Rayford J. Hill; Delvin L. 
Kohler; Howard M. Koslosky; Robert B. Leonard; Richard A. Livingston;
Ronald W. Montgomery; William R.Moore; Paul K. Moser; Kenneth M.
Prentice; Fidel G. Salazar; Keavin L.Terrell; Michael J. Tye;
Reynaldo R. Viado (all missing)

SYNOPSIS: On October 2, 1969, a C2A "Greyhound" cargo aircraft from
Reserve Cargo Squadron 50 departed Cubi Point Naval Air Station, Republic of
the Philippines on a shuttle flight to various aircraft carriers in the
Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam, including the USS CONSTELLATION, the USS WALKER,
the USS HAMMER, and the USS LONG BEACH.

Most of the twenty passengers appear to be bound for the USS CONSTELLATION,
but one was bound for the USS LONG BEACH, one of the four Philippine citizens
onboard was headed for the USS HAMMER, and two to the USS WALKER.

The aircraft was inbound to the CONSTITUTION and made communication
at about 0600 hours, reporting that operations were normal. When communicatons
weree stablished with the Carrier Air Control, control was passed to the
Marshall controller (Approach Control). The carrier's radar continued tracking
the aircraft until approximately 0655, at which time radar contact was
lost at about 10 nautical miles from the CONSTELLATION.

Helicopter search and rescue efforts were immediately initiated from
the ship.The helicopter began sighting an oil slick and debris. A few pieces
of aircraft were recovered, and analysis of this debris indicated that the 
aircraft was in a relatively high speed nose down, right wing down impact
with the water or had a possible right wing failure before impact. There was
no sign of survivors, nor were any bodies recovered.

The crew and passengers onboard the C2 which went down on October 2,
1969 were all declared Killed/Body Not Recovered. There is very little hope that
they will ever be found. They are listed with honor among the missing because no
remains were ever located to repatriate to their homeland.

For many of the missing, however, solutions are not so simple. Several
were photographed in captivity, but never returned. Others were alive and
well the last they were seen awaiting rescue. Still others described their
imminent captures. For the families of these men, the years have passed
heartbreakingly slow.

Since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing
in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many officials
who have reviewed this largely classified information are convinced that
hundreds of Americans are still alive as captives in Southeast Asia. It's 
time we brought our men home.

  The need to get specific answers is more important now than ever before.
  If still alive, some MIAs are now in their 70s...They don't have much
  time left. We have to demand the answers from the bureaucrats and keep
  standing on their necks (figuratively speaking) until they get the
  message that THEY work for US and that we are serious about getting
  these long overdue responses. Diplomatic considerations aside...
  We can no longer allow questionable protocols established by
  pseudo-aristocratic armchair strategists, to determine or influence the
  fate of the men who were in the trenches while the diplomats were
  sharing sherry and canapes and talking about "Their Plans" for the
  future of SE Asia.
  If you'd like to see what some others are doing in addition to writing
  their congressmen, senators and the Whitehouse, check out some of these
  sites:


Connections:

Operation Just Cause
to adopt your own POW/MIA
CCs Stab At Serenity
a cool meadow
Rowan Arthursus
My profile@msn
My Midlife Crisis
my homepage at "Geocities" where you'll see a photo of me
Tribute
The Last Greek Goddess

LE FastCounter


   ojc_ring_final  

This Operation Just Cause Web Ring site is owned by CC Carpenter-Figel

[Prev] [Random] [Next] [Skip Next] [Next 5] [Members] [Join]


Page created, with respect... 7/12/96