Severo James PrimmFirst Lieutenant
361ST TEWS, 56TH SOW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
03 November 1947 - 05 February 1973
New Orleans, Louisiana
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In memory of Sonny
I didn't know Severo James Primm III ("Sonny") but through a Classmates Web site network I heard a story about him from a friend, Tim Manes. They graduated from Behrman High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, a year apart. Here's what Tim had to say:
"Sonny attended LSU and was in LSU's "Tiger Band". He went through ROTC and was an officer in the Air Force. I heard he was shot down on one of the last days of the war. He got away from music later in his college days and I bought his trumpet from him so he could buy an engagement ring. He did get married but didn't make it home from Nam."
A Note from The Virtual WallOn February 5, 1973, about a week after the signing of the Paris Peace Agreement, an EC-47Q electronic warfare collection aircraft (tail number 43-48636) was shot down over Saravane Province, Laos, about 50 miles east of the city of Saravane. The aircraft belonged to and was crewed by the 361st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron, but the collection crew "back-enders" were from the 6994th Security Squadron:
From the POWNetwork.org report:
"Over five years later, Joe Matejov's mother, Mary Matejov, heard columnist Jack Anderson, on "Good Morning America", describe a Pathet Lao radio communique which described the capture of four "air pirates" on the same day as the EC-47Q carrying her son was shot down. No other plane was missing that day. Anderson's information indicated that reconnaissance personnel had 40 uninterrupted minutes in which to survey the crash site.Hobson, in "Vietnam Air Losses", puts a slightly different slant on matters. He writes that the wreckage was located on 07 Feb and three US Air Force rescuemen were lowered to the crash site on 09 Feb 73. The rescuemen sighted at least four bodies but were able to recover the partial remains of only one airman (Bernhardt). The rescuemen could not remain on the ground long enough to extract and hoist the remains of the others to the hovering helicopter overhead. Hobson states that a joint Lao-US team excavated the site in 1993, recovering human remains and eight parachute "D" rings, one for each of the eight parachutes taken aboard the C-47. Although individual remains could not be identified, it was clear that none of the eight crewmen had parachuted to safety and there was no physical evidence indicating that any had survived the crash and post-crash fires.
While the family members of some crewmen refused to accept the DoD finding that all eight men had died in the crash, the comingled remains of these men were given a group burial in December 1995.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 Jul 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009