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Sgt Leslie Verne "Les" Sampson
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Birth: Apr. 9, 1936
Dawson County
Montana, USA
Death: Mar. 23, 1961, Laos

In Loving Memory ... SSGT. Leslie Verne Sampson.
***Has another headstone at Dawson Memorial Park, Glendive, Dawson Co, Montana.
*** Staff Sergeant Sampson was a member of 314th Air Division, Osan Airbase, Korea. On March 23, 1961, he was the radio operator of a Skytrain Transport Aircraft (C-47) on a flight from Vientiane to Saigon. Enroute the pilot turned north towards Xieng Khouangville, Laos to gather intelligence. Pathet Lao anti-aircraft shot the aircraft down. His remains were recovered on July 11, 1991 and identified on November 29, 1991. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 24
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Apr 9, 1936
Marital Status: Married - Parents: Father, Raymond S. Sampson, Born 1913/1914 in Glendive,MO and Died Sept. 1971 and Mother, Clarice N. Ramberg Sampson, Born 1915est. (Married Nov. 16, 1934 in Glendive, Montana).
* Paternal Grandparents: Grandfather, Samuel G. Sampson and Grandmother, Anna Limersand Sampson.
* Maternal Grandparents: Grandfather, Elmer O. Ramberg, 1887-1960 and Grandmother, Antoinette Austrum Ramberg, 1885-1921. Both born in Wisconsin.

***** Rock Reiser
Oakton, VA 22124 United States
I was there, a kid of 12 in Saigon. Les shot baskets with me in our driveway. He was kind to me. He was with a group of guys, Matteson, Garside, Magee, Bankowski, Weitkamp, Weston who were 'All American' heros at a time when we had none. They were the best of the best and I have often thought of them, searched the wall for their names, hoping they would get some of the recognition they truly deserved. God Bless!

SSGT - E5 - Air Force - Regular
Length of service 6 years
His tour began on Mar 23, 1961
Casualty was on Mar 23, 1961
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - CREW

Body was recovered
Panel 01E - Line 2

Eight men were aboard the C-47: •Aircrew, 314th Air Division, PACAF ◦1stLt Ralph W. Magee, Port Sulphur, LA, pilot;
◦1stLt Oscar B. Weston, Norfolk, VA, copilot;
◦2ndLt Glenn Matteson, Dallas, TX, navigator;
◦SSgt Alfons A. Bankowski, Stamford, CT, flight engineer;
◦SSgt Frederick T. Garside, Plymouth, MA, assistant flight engineer; and
◦SSgt Leslie V. Sampson, Richey, MT, radio operator.

•Passengers, both Army Attache's Office, American Embassy Vientiane
◦MAJ Lawrence R. Bailey, Albuquerque, NM
◦WO Edgar W. Weitkamp, York, PA

On March 23, 1961, The C47 aircraft crew consisted of 1Lt. Ralph W. Magee, pilot; 1Lt. Oscar B. Weston, co-pilot; 2Lt. Glenn Matteson, navigator; SSgt. Alfons A. Bankowski, flight engineer; SSgt. Frederick T. Garside, assistant flight engineer; SSgt. Leslie V. Sampson, radio operator; and passengers Maj. Lawrence R. Bailey and WO1 Edgar W. Weitkamp.

The aircraft crew were all Air Force personnel flying from the 315th Air Division, Osan Airbase, Korea. This C47 was a specially modified intelligence-gathering SC-47 which took off from Vientiane for Saigon.

The passengers and crew were bound for "R&R" in the "Paris of the Orient". Before heading for Saigon.

The crew, planned to use their radio-direction finding equipment to determine the frequencies being used by Soviet pilots to locate the Xieng Khouangville airfield.

Pathet Lao anti-aircraft guns downed the plane, shearing off a wing and sending the aircraft plummeting toward the

Four Lao sources stated that 7 of the 8 personnel on board died in the crash of the aircraft, and were buried in the vicinity.

Sixteen years later, in February 1977, several Pathet Lao films were obtained by a friendly foreign government showing an identification card with a photo of SSgt. Garside, and an open passport bearing 1Lt. Magee's ID number. The fact that these items were recovered in good condition is evidence that further information is available on the crew, due to the fact that the plane was not
completely destroyed, and the Pathet Lao were present at the site of the crash.


Family links: 
  Raymond S Sampson (1913 - 1966)
  Clarice N Ramberg Sampson (1915 - 2001)
Honolulu Memorial *
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Courts of the Missing
GPS (lat/lon): 21.31323, -157.84734
*Cenotaph [?]
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Dec 22, 2012
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