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M. J. Savoy
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Birth: Jul. 26, 1946
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Death: Jun. 17, 1966, Vietnam

In Loving Memory ... AN. M. J. SAVOY.
*** Airman Savoy, U.S. Naval Reserve, was a member of Air Transport Evacuation Squadron 7, U.S. Navy. On June 17, 1966, he was a member of the crew of a Lockheed Hercules Transport (C-130E) enroute from Cam Ron Bay, South Vietnam to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. About 43 miles northeast of Nha Trang the aircraft exploded and crashed into the South China Sea. His remains were not recovered. 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!

M J SAVOY - Navy - AN - E3
Age: 19
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Jul 26, 1946 - Born in St. Louis, Missouri.
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Melvin Joseph Savoy and Mother, Opal Rice Savoy, both of University City, Missouri.

***** ( Picture ) - Posted by: Kay Eckrich
He is my cousin

***** On June 17, 1966, 44 years ago this week, classmate M. J. Savoy was killed in a plane crash on his first day in Vietnam. To remember and feature M. J. I have included what I wrote about him in Hail Hail to U City High.
"At a time when most of us were in the middle of our college careers and beginning to form a vision of our futures, classmate M.J. Savoy was deployed to Vietnam. He went for the shortest of tours; killed in a mysterious plane crash on his first day. M.J.'s body was never recovered. MIA means something.
"Classmate David Pactor wrote to me, ‘MJ was a quiet boy, not active in sports or clubs or groups or cliques. He was a quiet boy in a noisy school. He did not stand out in school—perhaps he will stand out now in your book. Perhaps we can remember him now. A son and a friend and a soldier taken away never to be returned for a decent burial. It saddens me greatly to recall his short life.'
"David continued, ‘As a tribute, I went to the Vietnam Wall, traced his name, and gave the framed piece to the high school as a remembrance, lest we forget and not thank him and acknowledge him for this sacrifice.'
"David captured how we feel about M.J. But, perhaps no words can tell M.J.'s all-too-brief story more simply and profoundly than those that appear on the Vietnam Memorial Website."

AN - E3 - Navy - Reserve
Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Jun 17, 1966
Casualty was on Jun 17, 1966
Non-Hostile, died missing, FIXED WING - CREW
Loss Coordinates: 125336N 1093123E (CQ398257)

Body was not recovered
Panel 08E - Line 58

Other Personnel in Incident: Ralph B. Cobbs; Jack I. Dempsey; Stanley J. Freng; Edward L. Romig; Curtis D. Collette; Donald E. Siegwarth; Robert A. Cairns; Gene K. Hess; Connie M. Gravitte; Oley N. Adams; Larry E. Washburn
(all missing)

On June 17, 1966, a C130E "Hercules" aircraft departed Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam en route to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa on an operational airlift support mission.

Aboard the flight were the crew, consisting of LtCdr. Ralph B. Cobbs; ADJ2 Curtis D. Collette; YN2 Jack I. Dempsey; ADR2
Stanley J. Freng; Ltjg. Edward L. Romig; AN M.J. Savoy; and Ltjg. Donald E. Siegwarth. All were assigned to the 7th Air Transport Squadron. Also aboard the aircraft were U.S. Air Force personnel SSgt. Robert A. Cairns; SSgt. Gene K. Hess; Capt. Connie M. Gravitte; SSgt. Oley N. Adams; and A1 Larry E. Washburn, and one other individual.

About 30 minutes into the flight, when the aircraft was 43 miles northeast of Nha Trang, the crew of a naval gunboat cruising off the South Vietnam coast observed the C130 explode and crash into the South China Sea.

No hostile fire was observed, and the exact cause of the crash could not be determined. The vessell arrived at the crash scene only minutes after the impact and began an immediate search.

The accident took place so swiftly that it must be assumed all aboard perished instantly. Some debris and wreckage have been recovered including parts of the aircraft and personal belongings.

Because this incident occurred far out to sea and in relatively deep water, the search and rescue (SAR) personnel believed no remains could be recovered by enemy forces.

The fate of the remaining crew and passengers aboard the Hercules is not in doubt, and it appears there's little to no chance of recovering their remains.

Only one body was recovered from the crash site. The others are listed as "Dead/Body Not Recovered."

Note: Looking for hometown location of his Memorial Headstone.
Honolulu Memorial *
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Courts of the Missing
*Cenotaph [?]
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Record added: Dec 22, 2012
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- Elizabeth Marlow O.
 Added: Sep. 30, 2014

- Eddieb
 Added: Mar. 7, 2014
To Kay Eckrich, hello. I was a Classmate of your cousin at U City High Class of '64. We were all saddened by his loss. Can you please call me or write. We need to get more information for a book a Classmate is writing to honor his Memory. Where can I reac...(Read more)
- Edward Friedman
 Added: May. 8, 2013
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