Douglas Vincent DaileySenior Master Sergeant
606TH SPEC OPS SQDN, 56TH SPEC OPS WING, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
30 June 1936 - 07 January 1974
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The database page for Douglas Vincent Dailey
SMSGT Douglas Vincent Dailey, USAF
606th Special Operations Squadron
Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
MIA 13 December 1968
I have worn an MIA bracelet that bears his name for 13 years.
I dedicate this page to the memory of SMSGT Douglas Vincent Dailey.
Heidi J. Gipprich
I am an active duty Air Force member assigned to the 41st Combat Rescue Squadron (Jolly Greens) at Moody AFB, Georgia. I received a POW/MIA bracelet through the VFW after requesting to be the sponsor of anyone from Michigan (I grew up in Saginaw). I have been wearing SMSgt Dailey's silver bracelet for two years. This past week-end my wife and I rode to northern Georgia where The Wall was on display. There we were finally able to make a connection with Doug. We visited the local VFW and were told about this site.
Matt Holloway MSgt
I'm his grandson and I wish I could of met him.
06 Oct 2006
I wish I could have met him. I am glad our last names are the same ... from what my dad has told me and my mom he sounds like a wonderful man.
From his grandson,
I don't know who Douglas V Dailey is but I have worn the silver bracelet for 13 years. I still pray either if he is dead or alive, that he is up in heaven!
Notes from The Virtual WallOn 13 December 1968 a C-123K PROVIDER of the 606th Special Operations Squadron launched from Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand, on a night FAC mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail area. The low-and-slow C-123K's mission was to obtain visual or infrared sightings of traffic along the Trail and to act as a controller for bombers - in this case, B-57 CANBERRA bombers from the 8th Tactical Bomber Squadron, Phan Rang AB, SVN.
Weather conditions along the Trail were good - clear with a half moon, ground fog, no wind and no cloud ceiling. At 0300 hours, as a B-57 was executing an attack against ground targets, the B-57 collided with the upper surface of the circling C-123K. Both aircraft - and nine aircrewmen - went down.
Only one - 1st Lt Thomas M. Turner from the C-123 - was rescued. The others simply disappeared into the Laotian jungles about 30 miles southwest of the Ban Kari Pass. A ground search was impossible due to total enemy control of the area, but airborne search-and-rescue operations continued until 15 December, when the formal SAR effort was terminated. At that point, the crewmen and their status were as follow:
None of the eight men have been repatriated.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 22 Apr 2002
Last updated 08/27/2007