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Sgt Jose Ruben Aragon
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Birth: Nov. 22, 1939
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
Death: May 16, 1965
Bien Hoa, Vietnam

In loving memory of... SSGT Jose Ruben Aragon.

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 those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 25
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Nov 22, 1939
Marital Status: Married - Parents: Father, John B. (ARAGON, John B. Born: Seot.25, 1905 Died: July 1952 at 47 yrs.) and Mother, Mary Irene (Bueno) Aragon. Brother, Joe A. Aragon (passed away on October 30, 2012-FAG# 100065338) and a niece, Valarie (Kerry) McGargill. Nephews, Mark (Jolene) Aragon; and Joe (Brenda) Aragon. Siblings: Eddie Aragon; Mary Hodges; and Jess (Kim) Aragon..

1940 US Census
Name: Irene Aragon
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Election Precinct 3, Weld, Colorado, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 29
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
Birthplace: Colorado
Birth Year (Estimated): 1911
Last Place of Residence: Rural, El Paso, Colorado

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
John Aragon Head M 34 Colorado
Irene Aragon Wife F 29 Colorado
Minnie Aragon Daughter F 8 Colorado
Leroy Aragon Son M 5 Colorado
Eddie Aragon Son M 3 Colorado
Reuben Aragon Son M 0 Colorado

SSGT - E5 - Air Force - Regular
Length of service 8 years
Casualty was on May 16, 1965
Non-Hostile, died missing, GROUND CASUALTY
Service: Air Force (Regular)
Grade at loss: E5
Rank: Staff Sergeant
ID No: 17480977
MOS: ----- Not Recorded
LenSvc: Between 8 and 9 years

Change Status: Sunday, 05/16/1965
Age at Loss: 25
Remains: Body recovered
Location: Bien Hoa, South Vietnam
Type: Non-hostile, died while missing
Reason: Other accident - Ground casualty
ON THE WALL Panel 01E Line 115

Body was recovered
Panel 01E - Line 115

On May 16, 1965 a B-57B exploded on the ground while waiting in line to take off on a mission. The resulting conflagration destroyed ten B-57s, eleven VNAF A-1H Skyraiders, and a US Navy F-8 Crusader and caused numerous casualties among air and ground crewmen.

27 men died in the explosions and fires:

3511th Fld Maint Sqdn, 34th Tac Grp:
SSgt Jesse R. Acosta, San Antonio, TX

4600th Consol Maint Sqdn, 34th Tac Grp:
********** SSgt Jose R. Aragon, Fountain, CO

405th Org Maint Sqdn, 34th Tac Grp:
SMSgt William D. Hicks, Smock, PA
SSgt Brian D. Brown, Alvord, TX
SSgt Robert L. Clark, Muncie, IN
TSgt Secundino Baldonado, Jarales, NM
TSgt Charles W. Rachal, Lena, LA
TSgt Gerald A. Snyder, Biglerville, PA
A1C Hayden E. Weaver, Wyoming, WI

Major Robert G. Bell, USAF, Houston, TX (exchange pilot)

34th Air Base Sqdn, 34th Tac Grp:
TSgt Claude M. Bunch, Helena, AL
TSgt Aaron G. Fidiam, Endicott, NY
A1C William T. Crawford, Windsor, MO

3750th Mat Sqdn, 34th Tac Grp:
SSgt James M. Cale, Washington, DC

408th Consol Maint Sqdn, 34th Tac Grp:
SSgt Edgar S. Donaghy, Chester, PA

34th Consol Maint Sqdn, 34th Tac Grp:
TSgt Donald J. Seaman, Mahanoy City, PA
A1C Terence D. Engel, Graceville, MN
A1C Clifford H. Raulerson, Surrency, GA

13th Bomb Sqdn, 34th Tac Grp:
Major James E. Underwood, Choteau, MT
Capt Charles N. Fox, Metamora, IN
Capt Arthur C. Jepson, Chicago, IL
Capt Andrew M. Kea, Akron, OH
Capt Billy E. Shannon, Center, MO
1stLt Lee C. Wagner, Alliance, OH

17th Bomb Sqdn, 34th Tac Grp:
Capt Vernon L. Haynes, Rock Rapids, IA

33rd Tac Grp:
Capt Ernest McFeron, Edna, TX
SSgt David L. Hubbard, Chelsea, OK, 33rd AB Sqdn, 33rd Tac Grp

On Sunday, 16 May 1965, a group of B-57B bombers were loaded for a strike mission. At 0815 as the aircrews manned and started their aircraft a 750 pound bomb loaded aboard the lead aircraft detonated. Shrapnel and bits of aircraft hit the other B-57s, causing a chain of explosions along the flight line.


8/17/2010 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- In a makeover made for television, the 40-year-old Aragon dining facility officially reopened Aug. 6 with fanfare and a new, modern look.

The Aragon dining facility was named in honor of Staff Sgt. Jose Ruben Aragon of Fountain, Colo., who died in 1965 while serving in Vietnam. He was one of the first Colorado servicemembers to die in Vietnam and he was awarded the Bronze Star posthumously for his heroic efforts to save lives on the flightline when a B-57B exploded on the ground.

"Today, we honor Staff Sgt. Jose Ruben Aragon for the commitment he showed in Southeast Asia as an example to our Airmen," Colonel Whiting said during the Aragon grand reopening ceremony. "We also honor all the Airmen, Soldiers and other servicemembers who serve here at Peterson, Schriever and along the entire frontrange."


Fairview Cemetery
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
Plot: 003 029 002
Maintained by: Eddieb
Originally Created by: HEE (inactive)
Record added: Dec 18, 2006
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Sgt Jose Ruben Aragon
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