The database page for Dana Richard Kelley
I miss you Daddy, you will always live on in my heart and as my Higher Power.Your little girl,
The Dragon's FlightFlying through the night,
Setting the night ablaze,
To light their way.
Flying cover where needed,
The Great Dragon in the sly,
With your mission done,
To make it worth it;
By Janet Baxter
In honor of my dad, Jerry O. Baxter Sr., his AC-47 'Puff the Magic Dragon', 4th Air Commando Squadron, Vietnam 1966-1967; and for all who served, especially those that gave all.
In memory of
Dana R. Kelley (Kelley, as dad refers to him) was my dad's close buddy in Vietnam in 1966-1967. They were both in the USAF 4th Air Commando Squadron working in AC-47 "Puff the Magic Dragon" gunships. Dana's plane was shot down and all on board were killed as a result of the massive fire from the flare box igniting. Thankfully my dad made it home, but has never forgotten his friend throughout the years.
I wrote this poem for my dad and his crew, in honor of what they did for all of us and the sacrifices, like Kelley, that were made in Vietnam by thousands of true American heroes.
From the daughter of a comrade, Jerry O. Baxter Sr.,
A Note from The Virtual WallSeven men of the 4th Air Commando Squadron died when their AC-47 gunship was shot down near Duc Pho in Quang Ngai Province:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 16 Feb 2002
Last updated 11/06/2007