Added by: Elizabeth Olmstead
John Alan Ware
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
281st Aviation Company
Entered the Service From: Hermiston, Oregon
Date of Birth: February 13, 1949
Date of Death: November 04, 1969
Wars or Conflicts: Vietnam War
Memorialized: Courts of the Missing: Court B
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Staff Sergeant Ware was a member of 281st Aviation Company, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade. On November 4, 1969, he was the crew chief of a Bell Iroquois Utility Helicopter (UH-1H) on combat support missions in South Vietnam. As the aircraft was returning to its base at Nha Trang from Duc Lap, contact was lost when it was near Duc My Pass. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial
The Defense Department has told family members that the helicopter was on a secondary mission heading toward a buffer zone between Cambodia and South Vietnam, an area in the Central Highlands the helicopter was in by mistake.
The helicopter is not believed to have been shot at. Search efforts were conducted for six consecutive days, but nothing was found.
According to the Defense Department, one crew member’s body was recovered at a later time, but no remains were ever found that could be identified as Alford, Klimo, Ware or Cavender. The four crew members were not among prisoners of war that were released in 1973. High ranking officials admit their dismay that “hundreds” of suspected American prisoners of war did not return. Klimo’s sister has identified her brother as one of the prisoners of war pictured in a Vietnamese propaganda leaflet.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
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