John Sidney Bonner, Jr

Lieutenant Colonel
United States Air Force
01 September 1921 - 31 May 1970
Mc Allen, Texas
Panel 10W Line 123


National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Sidney Bonner, Jr


31 MAY 1970 - BIN LONG


The men and women of the 834th were saddened when we heard your chopper had been shot down - only hours after talking to you.

Your sacrifice epitomizes our motto "ALL THE WAY" so that others may live.

My father, a 1st Lt in World War II, joined you last month - welcome him to the unit.

After 32 years I finally found you to give you my last salute *

Mahalo Nui Loa

The Pineapple
August 69-70

* The Moving Vietnam Veterans Wall
November 5-11 2002
Reno Nevada


SMSgt Eugene L Mago, USAF (Ret)
12 Nov 2002

24 Sep 2006

All of us who served with the 834th Air Div remember the great men who died in the helicopter crash and we have not and will not ever forget them and the sacrifice they made.

Their families continue to be in our prayers.

Mike Burns
834th Air Div HQ 9/69 - 4/71

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 31 May 1970, a UH-1H (tail number 68-16528) of the 120th Assault Helicopter Company was tasked to provide transportation for an airfield inspection team from the 834th Air Division. The UH-1, call sign DEAN 528, departed Long Binh at 0725 enroute Saigon to pick up the team and departed Saigon at 0745 enroute Vung Tau. The flight proceeded without incident, stopping at Long Binh, O'Rang, Bu Dop, and Loc Ninh.

When DEAN 528 departed Loc Ninh enroute Saigon at about 1625 there were thunderstorms in the area. At 1800 the Capital Air Traffic Control Center advised the 120th AHC Operations Center that DEAN 528 had not requested or received flight following enroute Saigon. The 120th AHC initiated telephone and radio searches, but DEAN 528 was not located. Nightfall and adverse weather conditions precluded airborne searches until about 1000 01 June, when the 120th AHC and other units commenced search operations.
A 1st Cav Div OH-6A helicopter located DEAN 528 at approximately 1330; the UH-1 had crashed and burned. A 120th AHC UH-1 landed near the wreckage as soon as it was secured by ground forces. The 120th AHC crew removed the bodies of nine men from the wreckage:

There were no signs of hostile action against the helicopter and it was supposed that it had gone down as a result of the previous evening's adverse weather.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one that never forgot,
SMSgt Eugene L Mago, USAF (Ret)

Top of Page

Virtual Wall icon

Back to
To alpha index B
TX State Index . Panel 10W
834TH AIR DIV Index

With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 12 Nov 2002
Last updated 10/09/2006