Gary Anthony Chavez

United States Air Force
23 September 1943 - 17 October 1973
New York, New York
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USAF Pilot

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Gary Anthony Chavez

21 Mar 2006

Captain Chavez is one of my two adopted MIA's. I did not know him, as I was only nine days old when he became missing.

His sacrifice should be remembered.

Tracy D. Wagner

16 Jun 2007

Captain Chavez was my cousin. I am an only child, as was Gary. My maternal grandmother had one sister and one brother, who died young back in the late 1800's. My grandmother had two children, my uncle who had no children and my mother. My grandmother's sister had one child, a girl named Audrey, she was Gary's mother. So as you can see it was a very small family. I am older than Gary by 8 months.

I had no idea that sites like this existed. My son, Matthew, who is in the Army and stationed in the Netherlands, wanted some information on his grandfather who had had been a POW in WWII. I asked him to see if he could find out anything about my Cousin Gary. Matthew found a website that talked about Vietnam POW bracelets and he posted some information about Gary. Unfortunately he does not remember the website, however, to make a long story short Deb Erickson who had worn Gary's POW bracelet back in the 70's saw it and sent him the bracelet, which he sent on to me.

From his cousin,
Sandy King
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 30 July 1970 Captains Gary A. Chavez and Donald A. Brown took off from Udorn RTAFB in RF-4C tail number 66-0436 on a night photographic reconnaissance mission in southern Laos ... and disappeared without trace. Their last known position was just east of a ridge marking the edge of the Plateau des Bolovens, about 25 miles north of Muang Fangdeng. Extensive search efforts failed to locate the aircraft wreckage or either crewman.

Both men were carried as Missing in Action until the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death 17 Oct 1973. Their remains have not been repatriated.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who remembers,
Tracy D. Wagner

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 21 Mar 2006
Last updated 02/01/2008