Donald James Cramer, Jr

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
23 September 1947 - 03 October 1968
Detroit, Michigan
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Donald J Cramer

National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Donald James Cramer, Jr

28 Apr 2001

Southwestern, class of '65

Classmate, friend, more than a name on the Wall.
18 Jun 2004

More information about Donald Cramer and the 1/21st can be found on the
1/21st Arty site

From a friend from Vietnam,
Doug Marsh
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

Twentyfour men died when a C-7A (tail number 63-9753) collided with a CH-47A (tail number 66-19041) near Camp Evans on 03 Oct 1968.

The CH-47, from Company A, 228th ASHB, was on a regular shuttle run from LZ Nancy to Camp Evans, while the C-7A, from the 537th Tac Airlift Sqdn, had just taken off from Camp Evans. As the C-7A climbed through 1100 feet in an ascending right turn it hit the CH-47. The helicopter's rotor slashed through the C-7's cockpit, killing both pilots instantly. The C-7A then spiralled into the ground, killing all aboard - 4 Air Force crewman and 9 Army passengers. The CH-47 broke up in flight, with the main fuselage section dropping almost vertically to the ground, where it exploded and burned. Five crewmen and six passengers aboard the CH-47 died. All of the Army casualties were from the 1st Cavalry Division.

The dead were

  • Aboard C-7A 63-9753
    • CPT Wayne P. Bundy, Canandaigua, NY, 537th TAS
    • 1LT Ralph Schiavone, Hicksville, NY, 537th TAS
    • SSGT Donald G. Cleaver, Joplin, MO, 537th TAS
    • SSGT James K. Connor, Princeton, WV, 537th TAS
    • SP5 Allen E. Gomes, Honolulu, HI, H&S Co, 13th Sig Bn
    • SP5 David B. Perreault, Franklin, NH, H&S Co, 13th Sig Bn
    • SP5 David A. Disrud, Duluth, MN, Det C, 27th Maint Bn
    • SP5 Dale G. Granger, Minnetonka, MN, Det C, 27th Maint Bn
    • SP4 Donald J. Cramer, Detroit, MI, HHB/1/21st Arty
    • PFC Joe J. Hibbler, Hot Springs, AR, B/2/5th Cav
    • SP4 Dennis A. Wirt, Sault Sainte Marie, MI, B/2/5th Cav
    • SGT David J. Dellangelo, Negaunee, MI, B/1/8th Cav
    • PFC Robert D. Tomlinson, San Leandro, CA, B/1/8th Cav
  • Aboard CH-47A 66-19041
    • CWO Thomas E. Johnson, Canton, OH, A/228th ASHB
    • WO Ronald L. Conroy, Topeka, KS, A/228th ASHB
    • SP5 Jerry L. Pierce, Spokane, WA, A/228th ASHB
    • SP4 Larry L. Costley, Midland, MI, A/228th ASHB
    • SP4 Dennis D. Reese, Henderson, NV, A/228th ASHB
    • PFC John W. Lucier, Milford, MI, 15th Admin Co
    • CPT Thomas E. Alderson, Grand Forks, ND, 56th Med Co
    • SSG William R. Young, Decatur, IL, Div HQ, 1 Cav Div
    • SFC Dawson Clements, Glenwood, GA, HHC/1/8th Cav
    • SP4 Michael D. See, Houston, TX, 228th ASHB
    • SSG Charles J. Wallace, North Las Vegas, NV, A/228th ASHB

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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