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Years After Vietnam, Father Rests in Peace
The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, June 13, 2002 | Susan Levine

Posted on 06/18/2002 10:47:18 AM PDT by in the Arena

Edited on 09/03/2002 4:50:40 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

After more than three decades of waiting, of wondering what and where and how, his daughters buried Lt. Col. Donald E. Parsons on Friday with full military honors. They walked behind a horse-drawn caisson for the final journey to his gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery. They stood for the sharp report of 21 gunshots and the moving simplicity of taps. They received from a commanding officer the American flag that had been draped over their father's casket, now folded into a sharp, taut triangle of mourning.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Free Republic; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mia; vietnam
Never Forget...
1 posted on 06/18/2002 10:47:18 AM PDT by in the Arena
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To: in the Arena
Rest in His arms, Brother

Boonie Rat

MACV SOCOM, PhuBai/Hue '65-'66

2 posted on 06/18/2002 10:58:29 AM PDT by Boonie Rat
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To: in the Arena
PARSONS, DONALD EUGENE

Name: Donald Eugene Parsons
Rank/Branch: O5/US Army
Unit: Advisory Team 4, Senior Advisor to 2nd Regiment, 1st ARVN Infantry Division
Date of Birth: 17 April 1929 (Marion IL)
Home City of Record: Sparta IL
Date of Loss: 06 February 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 162750N 1070238E (YD182212)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H

Other Personnel In Incident: Charles I. Stanley; Ronald D. Briggs; David E. Padgett; Eugene F. Christiansen; Robert C. O'Hara (all missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 June 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK.

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: On February 6, 1969, CW2 Charles I. Stanley, pilot; 1Lt. David E. Padgett, aircraft commander; SP5 Robert C. O'Hara, crew chief; PFC Eugene F. Christiansen, door gunner; LtCol. Donald E. Parsons, 1Lt. Ronald D. Briggs, and Maj. Vu Vanh Phao, ARVN, all passengers, were aboard a UH1H (serial #67-17499) on a resupply mission in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.

While in route from Landing Zone Vandergrift to LZ Tornado, 1Lt. Padget contacted the LZ Tornado radio operator at about 1100 hours and stated that due to poor weather conditions and poor visibility, the flight was returning to LZ Vandergrift.

At that time, the radio operator at LZ Tornado could hear the helicopter northeast of his location, which sounded as if it were heading in a northerly direction. When the aircraft failed to return to LZ Vandergrift, a coordinated search and rescue operation was initiated and continued for seven consecutive days, finding nothing.

However, on the morning of February 7, Crown, an airborne control aircraft, reported receiving radio beeper signals several times from the general vicinity of where Lt. Padgett's aircraft was last reported. The beeper signals were estimated to emanate from that general direction. The source of the signals was never determined.

The area in which the aircraft was estimated to go down has been dubbed "Antenna Valley" and is located west of Cam Lo and on the backside of Camp Carrol. The area was occupied by NVA regulars, and was never cleared. On-site search was not possible at that time.

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3 posted on 06/18/2002 11:16:47 AM PDT by in the Arena
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To: Boonie Rat
Thanks for serving...Boonie
4 posted on 06/18/2002 11:18:13 AM PDT by in the Arena
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To: Slam;wardaddy;sneakypete;harpseal;squantos;paddles;68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
One more makes it home...
5 posted on 06/18/2002 11:25:02 AM PDT by in the Arena
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To: in the Arena;Slam;wardaddy;harpseal;squantos;paddles;68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
I have had the honor of meeting two of the men from the teams who have been in VN searching for the MIA remains,and can tell you all that they are as respectful of their duty as altar boys working in the Vatican. It's hard,hot,and dirty work well away from any cameras or public recogonition,yet they told me they sincerely felt privledged to be a part of this effort.
6 posted on 06/18/2002 8:27:15 PM PDT by sneakypete
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To: in the Arena; Snow Bunny; FallGuy; JohnHuang2; Mama_Bear; Victoria Delsoul; daisyscarlett; ...
Years After Vietnam, Father Rests in Peace
Daughters Bury Remains of Long-Missing Soldier
Welcome Home Lt. Col. Donald E. Parsons
Thank You for your sacrifice for our Freedom.

7 posted on 06/18/2002 8:39:36 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: in the Arena; Snow Bunny; FallGuy; JohnHuang2; Mama_Bear; Victoria Delsoul; daisyscarlett; ...
Years After Vietnam, Father Rests in Peace
Daughters Bury Remains of Long-Missing Soldier
Welcome Home Lt. Col. Donald E. Parsons
Thank You for your sacrifice for our Freedom.

8 posted on 06/18/2002 9:01:49 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub

9 posted on 06/18/2002 9:18:18 PM PDT by The Mayor
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To: sneakypete
Prayer and bttt
10 posted on 06/18/2002 9:18:34 PM PDT by herewego
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
...GARRY OWEN, Sir...
11 posted on 06/18/2002 9:19:33 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: sneakypete
God bless these men and the remains of our warriors whom they seek....may we all show the respect they deserve as a nation.
12 posted on 06/18/2002 9:54:23 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: in the Arena
THE VACANT CHAIR
Words by H.S. Washburn
Music by George F. Root (1820-1895)

We shall meet but we shall miss him.
There will be one vacant chair.
We shall linger to caress him
While we breathe our ev'ning prayer.
When one year ago we gathered,
Joy was in his mild blue eye.
Now the golden cord is severed,
And our hopes in ruin lie.

CHORUS: We shall meet, but we shall miss him.
There will be one vacant chair.
We shall linger to caress him
While we breathe our ev'ning prayer.

At our fireside, sad and lonely,
Often will the bosom swell
At remembrance of the story
How our noble Willie fell.
How he strove to bear the banner
Thro' the thickest of the fight
And uphold our country's honor
In the strength of manhood's might.

CHORUS

True, they tell us wreaths of glory
Evermore will deck his brow,
But this soothes the anguish only,
Sweeping o'er our heartstrings now.
Sleep today, O early fallen,
In thy green and narrow bed.
Dirges from the pine and cypress
Mingle with the tears we shed.

CHORUS

13 posted on 06/18/2002 10:01:52 PM PDT by Valin
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks Tonk.


14 posted on 06/18/2002 10:06:46 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: in the Arena
Never Forget...

bttt

15 posted on 06/18/2002 10:08:21 PM PDT by oldvike
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks for the ping Tonk.

Lt. Col. Donald E. Parsons,

Salute!

16 posted on 06/18/2002 10:18:59 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: in the Arena
From Task Force Omega Inc.

Loss Coordinates: 162750N 1070238E (YD182212) Click coordinates to view (4) maps

17 posted on 06/18/2002 10:24:45 PM PDT by in the Arena
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To: sneakypete
Your description is accurate. I had two of my EOD troops assigned to that duty for a while and they had some serious times going through the old damaged ordnance at those crash sites.......so the rest of the recovery teams could safely work.

But then you already knew it was hot and humid eh SP :o)

Stay Safe , hope all is well with you.

18 posted on 06/18/2002 10:32:29 PM PDT by Squantos
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To: onedoug
onedoug
Check the date and location
February 6, 1969, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.
This would have been during Operation Bold Mariner
God Bless Our Fallen Brothers
19 posted on 06/18/2002 10:37:33 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thank you for the ping, Tonk!
20 posted on 06/18/2002 10:44:47 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: in the Arena
Another incredible story. Thanks for posting it. How sad it is. I don't know how satisfied I would be if the only remains were two teeth. It's so heartbreaking. :(
21 posted on 06/18/2002 10:49:06 PM PDT by MistyCA
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Snow Bunny; sneakypete; JFoxbear; PsyOps; AAABEST; Future Snake Eater
JFoxbear shared this with me and permitted me to post it to all...........



"ODE TO THE LONG RANGE PATROL"

He's five foot four, he's six foot five, he weighs one-ten to two o five, his hair is parted in many ways his pre-occupation is counting the days, He's 50 percent courage, he's 50 percent guts, or maybe he's just 100 percent nuts.

A mission is called, he's ready in ten, his tiger suit, weapon, and 5 other men.

Rations for 6 and survival needs, no time to look for his rosary beads.

The chopper is loaded and off they go, to slip through the jungle to challange the foe.

Once off the chopper the transition begins, he can't be a man and still hope to win.

He must be an animal, crude in his ways, in eating and sleeping and passing the days.

He fights the Viet-Cong in their time and place The results in our favor, were setting the pace.

The mission is over, he returns to lament, the miseries endured the lives that were spent.

A shower, a shave, dry clothes are in need, a cold beer to drink, some back mail to read.

In so doing he accomplished his goal, HE'S A HARD CORE MEMBER OF THE LONG RANGE PATROL.

May not apply to this individual case but just wanted to post it..........Thanks Jfoxbear.

Stay Safe ya'll..........
22 posted on 06/18/2002 11:10:35 PM PDT by Squantos
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To: Squantos; JFoxbear
Thanks
23 posted on 06/18/2002 11:27:29 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: sneakypete
"I have had the honor of meeting two of the men from the teams who have been in VN searching for the MIA remains"

Thanks for reminding us of the unsung heroes.
24 posted on 06/18/2002 11:29:06 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: in the Arena
Bump
25 posted on 06/18/2002 11:42:06 PM PDT by carpio
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To: in the Arena; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Links worth checking out.....


26 posted on 06/19/2002 12:23:10 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: in the Arena



27 posted on 06/19/2002 2:45:03 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Squantos; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; JFoxbear
Thank you so much for pinging me to this and for your post too.
28 posted on 06/19/2002 4:13:15 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
BTTT
29 posted on 06/19/2002 4:13:52 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thank you Tonkin.
30 posted on 06/19/2002 4:14:04 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: MistyCA
I don't know how satisfied I would be if the only remains were two teeth.

Don't be mislead by that. Many never got any remains at all back to bury. Even this family had nothing for years to prove it is "final". At least they have the teeth,and can now go to Arlington to visit actual remains of their father. This is no small thing.

It's so heartbreaking. :(

It can never be anything else.

32 posted on 06/19/2002 5:57:39 AM PDT by sneakypete
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To: in the Arena
Hey, anybody have a link to the full story on this? I tried the Washington Post link but it is dead. And their site search is down at this time--at least for me.

TIA.
33 posted on 06/19/2002 7:35:10 AM PDT by Vic3O3
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To: sneakypete
Thanks, Pete. Yes, I know you are right. It is so very sad.
34 posted on 06/19/2002 8:48:26 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks for yet another moving flag, OMB Brother.

None of these guys will have died in vain for such continued meaning for so many in their sacrifices.

35 posted on 06/19/2002 9:22:28 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thank you for the ping, Tonk, and the chance to say farewell to a fallen brother, and God bless to his family.
36 posted on 06/19/2002 10:00:01 AM PDT by LadyX
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
1,900 to go. God Bless them all and we pray they all come home.


37 posted on 06/19/2002 1:15:55 PM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
bttt
38 posted on 06/19/2002 1:34:14 PM PDT by summer
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My heart goes out to his family. May God keep them at peace. Thank you LTC Parsons and his family for the dedication and sacrifices that they all made.
39 posted on 06/19/2002 3:46:11 PM PDT by WellsFargo94
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
What a horribly sad story. Not only did the two sisters lose their daddy, but they also lost their grandma (suicide). Then they had to live through the horror of each of their mother's suicide attempts. At least they can have SOME peace now, with their dad's remains coming home where they belong.
40 posted on 06/20/2002 5:12:49 AM PDT by JudyB1938
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
It is because of people like Lt. Col. Donald E. Parsons, whose unselfish sacrifice, has preserved our precious freedom, that we may walk the byways of a free nation. Thank you Lt. Col. Parsons. Rest well.
41 posted on 06/21/2002 3:25:00 PM PDT by exnavy
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