|Birth: ||Feb. 24, 1946|
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 1972, Vietnam|
In Loving Memory ... Captain John Wayne Seuell.
*** Per his Mother, There is no memorial to Seuell near Wheeling, 75 miles northeast of Kansas City. But his parents have created living tributes.
*** Captain Seuell was a member of the 523rd Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn Airfield, Thailand. On June 6, 1972, he the weapons systems officer of in a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter (F-4D) on a combat air patrol north of Hanoi, North Vietnam. Upon completion of its mission, the aircraft was returning to Thailand and as it passed over Yen Bai Airfield, it was hit by a surface to air missile and exploded. 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!
JOHN WAYNE SEUELL - Air Force - CAPT - O3
Date of Birth Feb 24, 1946
From: WHEELING, MO
Marital Status: Married - Kathy, John's wife, remarried and lives in Florida. John and Kathy's son John D. Seuell is an Air Force Academy grad and fighter pilot, currently serving in Iraq. His wife Suzette is a JAG officer, and they have two little girls, Lauren and Miranda. Brother, Gordy. Son, John Seuell. Parents: Father, Austin M. Seuell and Mother, Z... Maxine Seuell, are both still living in Wheeling. His sister, Cathy, is a nurse and administrator at a hospital in Evansville, Indiana.
***** I was at Udorn the day you were shot down. I was good friends with your brother, Gordy. Now almost thirty years later I met a young man named John Seuell and I asked if he was a relative. The John Seuell I met is your son.
You never knew your son because he was born three months after you died. John, you would be proud. He is a fine man, a fine officer and a fine fighter pilot. You and his mother did well.
God bless you John.
****** I am the daughter of John's brother Gordon, who also flew in Vietnam. As an update for anyone who knew John, his parents (my grandparents) are both still living in Wheeling. They are active in prison ministry. My dad is retired from the Air Force and works for NASA in Huntsville, Alabama. His passion is still flying, and my younger sister has taken after him and learned to fly. (I didn't get the flying bug, although I enjoy going with my dad when I'm there.) John's sister, my Aunt Cathy, is a nurse and administrator at a hospital in Evansville, Indiana. Kathy, John's wife, remarried and lives in Florida. John and Kathy's son John is an Air Force Academy grad and fighter pilot, currently serving in Iraq. His wife Suzette is a JAG officer, and they have two little girls, Lauren and Miranda. Suzette and the girls are in Alaska right now.
Ashley Seuell - niece
Washington, DC USA
CAPT - O3 - Air Force - Reserve
His tour began on Jun 6, 1972
Casualty was on Feb 27, 1975
In , NORTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was not recovered
Panel 01W - Line 38
Other Personnel In Incident: James A. Fowler (missing)
6 June 1972, Major James A. Fowler, pilot; and Captain John W. Seuell, weapons systems officer, departed Udorn Airbase as the lead F-4D (serial #66-6232), call sign "Gopher 01," in a flight of four to conduct a MiGCAP mission.
The mission progressed as briefed and the flight completed its mission without incident. As Gopher flight began its return flight to Udorn Airbase, it proceeded north along Thud Ridge, then turned west on a heading that took them north of the Yen Bai MiG base.
At 1129 hours, when they were approximately 6 miles north-northeast of the MiG base, the Phantoms' received a missile warning indicating that the surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites near the North Vietnamese fighter base had a lock on them and were preparing to launch.
All four Phantoms immediately initiated evasive maneuvers. However, due in part to the weather conditions in the area, the crew of the lead aircraft was unable to shake the SAM. Other members of the flight saw the missile explode about five feet below the tail section of Gopher 01 and it immediately burst into flames, but did not disintegrate.
In the chaos of the moment as the other aircrews continued to evade, no canopies or parachutes were seen leaving the crippled aircraft.
As soon as the rest of Gopher flight safely evaded the missile attack, they radioed Crown, the airborne battlefield command and control center (ABCCC) notifying them of Gopher 01's shoot down.
They also began a visual and electronic search for James Fowler and John Seuell.
Thirty minutes later the other pilots' reported hearing two emergency beeper signals emanating from the jungle covered rolling hills below. While both beepers were heard, no voice contact could be established with either crewman.
Because the incident occurred deep in enemy territory, no organized search and rescue effort was possible.
At the time of loss, James Fowler and John Seuell were listed Missing in Action.
James A. Fowler was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during the period he was maintained missing. Seuell's rank was maintained as Captain.
Austin and Maxine Seuell's memories of Vietnam are painful, too. But they confront them, embrace them and try to preserve them. John, their oldest son, was a quiet, polite boy.His parents trace his love of airplanes to a childhood trip to Downtown Airport. Seuell went to Central Methodist College before transferring to Central Missouri State. He graduated with a degree in business and got married.
Seuell and his younger brother, Gordon, both went to Vietnam. Any mother would be concerned for their children," Maxine Seuell said. "But we just took for granted that they would make it home." It was Gordon who called his parents from Vietnam to tell them that his brother had been shot down. By the time the men from the Air Force traversed Livingston County's gravel roads to the Seuell home, most of the town knew. The Pentagon report says that Seuell and his pilot were flying in a four-aircraft formation over North Vietnam on June 6, 1972. When one plane became low on fuel the pilots started to leave.Suddenly, Seuell's plane encountered MiG fighters and surface-to-air missiles. A missile detonated and the plane went down in flames. Enemy forces made a detailed search impossible.
There is no memorial to Seuell near Wheeling, 75 miles northeast of Kansas City. But his parents have created living tributes.
Through a church group, they have sponsored children in Seuell's name all over the world. Their first child lived in Vietnam. They've affirmed their religious faith, too. Several times a month, they minister to female inmates in nearby Chillicothe. And they have kept Vietnam in mind, too. They found their son's name on the traveling replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial that stopped in Unionville. They also heard a former prisoner of war speak at an area high school. "I know his body is gone, but his spirit is in heaven," Maxine Seuell said. "That's the part of him I want to keep alive, the memory."
Note: Looking for his hometown Memorial Headstone.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
GPS (lat/lon): 21.31323, -157.84734
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Dec 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102528667
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