Robert Dee Maynard

Army of the United States
16 August 1949 - 28 November 1971
Blaine, Washington
Panel 02W Line 077

Combat Infantry

National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

Photo courtesy of his brother,
Charles L. Maynard

The database page for Robert Dee Maynard

04 Oct 2001

"To live in the hearts we leave behind,
is never to have died."
(Thomas Campbell, circa 1888)

From another "jumper" from Blaine, Wash.,
D. J. Thibault
E-mail address is not available.
19 Oct 2007

Robert Maynard Killed in action - Sgt. Robert Dee Maynard, 22, formerly of Blaine, has been reported killed in hostile action over Vietnam. Mr. Maynard, a member of the 101st Airborne division, was a passenger in a military aircraft which was shot down last Sunday. There were no survivors. Mr. Maynard entered the army in 1970 after attending Skagit Valley College. He is a 1967 graduate of Blaine High School. Mr. Maynard was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is survived by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Maynard of Festus MO; one brother, Charles L. Maynard of Mexico; three sisters, Cheryl Bingsham of Landon ND, Sherry Vogt of Oxnard CA and Laura Maynard of Festus MO; grandparents, Mrs. Lorna Maynard of Arco ID, and Earl Clark of AZ; and great-grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Storie of Logan UT. Funeral arrangements are pending at Veroske-McKinney Funeral Home.

The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham WA, Sunday 5 Dec 1971

Courtesy of
Darilee Bednar

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On 28 November 1971 a CH-47C (tail number 68-15866) of Company C, 159th ASHB, 101st Airborne, was tasked to conduct an administrative troop lift from Landing Zone 401 (Danang) to Camp Eagle. The lift was delayed due to extremely poor weather, but as the day progressed the weather improved sufficiently for the mission to launch. The CH-47 (PLAYTEX 866) with five crewmen aboard departed home base at 1220, arrived at LZ 401 without incident, and loaded 29 troops aboard. PLAYTEX 866 departed LZ 401 at 1310. At 1328 Hue Approach Control received a call from PLAYTEX 866 stating that he was declaring an emergency. No further contact was made with PLAYTEX 866.

Search and rescue operations were begun at 1340 but were hampered by low ceilings and intermittent rain. At 0840 hours, 2 Dec 71, an OH-6 pilot from the 2nd Bde aviation section reported sighting wreckage that appeared to be the lost CH-47 aircraft. The elevation of the crash site was approximately 650 feet and throughout the search and rescue operation the crash site was shrouded by clouds.

At 1650 2 Dec 71, Company D, 2/502nd Inf, was airlifted from Camp Eagle to a position approximately 2500 meters east of the crash site. The rescue party cut their way through the mountainous jungle terrain and arrived at the crash site at 0830 5 Dec 71.

The aircraft was located in a creek bed approximately 650 feet up the side of a mountain. It had hit a 50 degree slope with great impact causing the fuel cells to rupture and a flash fire resulted. The aircraft was completely demolished and there were no survivors.

Sergeant Maynard was one of the thirty-four men killed in the crash.

C Co, 159th ASHB, 101st Abn Div
CWO Jerald W Carter, Daleville AL CWO Joseph J Savick, Akron OH
SGT Michael A Crawford, Henryetta OK    PFC Willie J Oaks, Beattyville KY
SP4 Raymond A Trujillo, La Puente CA  

A Co, 1st Bn, 327th Inf Rgt
SP4 Joseph A Aubain, San Juan PR PFC Vincent Bernal, Mitchell NE
PFC John H Hare, Louisville MS SP4 Joel S Ivey, Southern Pines NC
SGT Terry G Kugler, Cullman AL 1LT Robert J Ladensack, Phoenix AZ
PFC George P Martin, Monterey Park CA SP4 Alphonza Mason, Newark NJ
SGT Robert D Maynard, Blaine WA PFC Steven J McDonald, Ketchum ID
CPT Martin K Niskanen, South Paris ME SSG Daniel E Nye, Albany NY
SP4 James E Palmer, Halifax VA SP4 Brinsley B Ramos, Washington DC
SP4 Ronald K Sweetland, Bloomingdale MI    PFC Gary D Wilson, Eureka CA
PFC Robert L Wynn, Chicago IL  

HHC, 1st Bn, 327th Inf Rgt
SP5 Ronald D Carleton, El Monte CA SP5 Billy R Coffey, Dallas TX
SSG Howard L Colbaugh, Atlanta GA SP6 Will R Dantzler, Heidelberg MS
SP4 Richard E Garretson, Anderson IN SP4 Archie T Lucy, Mobile AL
CPL Michael O Maybee, Fowler MI SP4 Oscar Paulley, Louisville KY
SP5 Roy K Stewart, Bemus Point NY SP4 William D Thompson, Auburndale FL
SSG Carl L Thornton, Gainesville GA SP5 John E Windfelder, Philadelphia PA

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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