Donald Lee Harrison

Army of the United States
24 July 1946 - 14 January 1980
Chamblee, Georgia
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O-1 Birddog

Army Aviator

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

The database page for Donald Lee Harrison

03 Dec 2000

In memory of a graduate of Chamblee High School who did not come back,
from another who did.

Ken Davis

10 Dec 2002


by his wingman,
Rod Stewart
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29 Aug 2004


by one who wears his MIA Bracelet,
Cheryl Simpson
15 Jun 2006

I just checked on the man whose bracelet has been hooked around my miniature statuary since I came home in 1969. Suprising that he was within 2 miles of my unit when he was lost. Godspeed.

John R. Fowler
CPT I Corps, RVN 1968-69
West Virginia
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On 29 October 1968 two Cessna O-1G Bird Dog observation planes were conducting an artillery adjustment mission over the DMZ. As the two planes entered the mission area, they were briefed by departing aircraft which had been receiving anti-aircraft flak from the northern edge of the mission area. One O-1G worked the southern end of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) while the other aircraft went north to try to find the source of the anti-aircraft fire.

The southern O-1G was hit in the left rear cockpit area, between the pilot and the observer. The aircraft continued straight for a few seconds, and then started a slow descending right turn. The turn became tighter as the descent rate increased until impact. No radio transmissions were heard from the plane after it was hit.

Due to approaching darkness, and the difficulty in locating the crash site, only an electronic search could be made that night. The next day, the downed plane's wing and fuselage were located and vehicle tracks around the wreckage were seen. It appeared that the wreckage had been moved to a more visible location in order to draw rescue aircraft into a trap. As aircraft went near the wing, intense anti-aircraft fire was received. No contact was ever made with the crew. The area was never searched because of intense hostility in the area.

The two men aboard the O-1G (tail #57-6027) were

  • Captain Donald Lee Harrison, pilot, 220th Recon Airplane Co, and
  • 1LT Steven N. Bezold, observer, HHB, 2nd Bn, 94th Arty Rgt
Both crewmen were placed in "Missing in Action" status. On Monday, 01/14/1980, now-Major Harrison's status was changed to "Died while Missing". The remains of the two men have not been repatriated.

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a friend,
Ken Davis

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 03 Dec 2000
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