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!
JESSE RODRIQUEZ ACOSTA - Air Force - SSGT - E5 Age: 30 Race: Caucasian Date of Birth Aug 6, 1934 From: SAN ANTONIO, TX Religion: Marital Status: Married - Mrs. Trinidad U. Hernandez Acosta, wife, San Antonio. Daughter Cynthia Acosta Smith, Born Aug. 29, 1958 in McLennan Co.,Tx. Son, Jesse Acosta,Jr. Born Aug. 28, 1959 in Bexar County,Tx.
***** Dad, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I was just 6 yrs. old, Champ was 5 when we and Mom got word of your death. We were too young to understand this. Somehow, we survived as a family. After all these years, I am now able to tell you how deeply you have been missed and how great a sacrifice you and many others made on May 16th, 1965. There will never be enough words to express the loss of all the people impacted by the Bien Hoa explosion and other events in this war. May this country continue to stand strong. Love, Your Daughter Cynthia Acosta Smith
***** Jesse, you and I served together but for one year. You were my best friend. I went over right after the massive accident at Bien Hoa. I took me this long (1965-2003) to be able to express my heartfelt grief. Be patient my friend, I will come and visit, and bring the gift I have been saving for you these many years. Burton Edwards - Friend
***** Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Tribute for: A1C Clifford Raulerson, Jr. (Surrency, GA) Tribute left by: Mike Bell (Joplin, MO) A1C Raulerson was one of numerous airman who perished in an explosive conflagration which was the result of aircraft and bomb/ammo loads lighting off on the flight line at Bien Hoa AB following a B-57 mechanical failure, on 16 May 65. The list of airmen lost that day includes: SSgt Jesse Rodriquez Acosta, SSgt Jose Ruben Aragon TSgt Secundino Baldonado, Maj Robert Graham Bell, SSgt Dale Brown, TSgt Claude Marvin Bunch, SSgt James Martin Cale, SSgt Robert Lewis Clark, A1C William Thomas Crawford, SSgt Edgar Storms Donaghy, A1C Terence Dean Engel, TSgt Aaron Gregor Fifiam, Capt. Nathan Charles Fox, Capt. Vernon Lee Haynes SMS William Donald Hicks, SSgt David Lee Hubbard Capt. Arthur C. Jepson, Capt. Andrew Millard Kea, Capt. Ernest McFeron, TSgt Charles William Rachal, >>> A1C Clifford H Raulerson, TSgt Donald Joseph Seaman, Capt. Billy Eugene Shannon, TSgt Gerald Allison Snyder, Maj James Edward Underwood, 1st Lt. Lee Wagner and Celine A1C Hayden Edward Weaver.
SSGT - E5 - Air Force - Regular Length of service 10 years Casualty was on May 16, 1965 MILITARY DATA: Service: United States Air Force Grade at loss: E5 Rank: Staff Sergeant ID No: 18456314 MOS: -----: Not Recorded Length Service: 10 Unit: 3511TH FLD MAINT SQDN, 34TH TAC GROUP, 13TH AF
CASUALTY DATA: Start Tour: Not Recorded Incident Date: 05/16/1965 Casualty Date: 05/16/1965 Age at Loss: 30 Location: Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam Remains: Body recovered Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died while missing Casualty Reason: Ground casualty Casualty Detail: Other accident
In BIEN HOA, SOUTH VIETNAM Non-Hostile, died missing, GROUND CASUALTY OTHER ACCIDENT
Body was recovered Panel 01E - Line 115
Others in incident: SSGT Jesse Rodriquez Acosta and 26 other USAF men lost their lives that day.
At 0815hrs on Sunday, May 16, 1965 a B-57B Canberra was sitting on the flight line at Bien Hoa waiting to start engines for a strike mission.
The aircraft was loaded with 4-750lb bombs under the wings and 9-500lb bombs in the bomb bay.
Without warning a time delay fuse on one of the bombs malfunctioned and the aircraft exploded setting of a chain reaction that killed SSGT Jesse Rodriquez Acosta and 26 other USAF men and destroyed 11 USAF aircraft.
Staff Sergeant Jesse Rodriquez Acosta, casualty of the Vietnam War was a member of the Air Force.
SSGT Acosta served our country until May 16th, 1965 in Binh Hoa, South Vietnam. He was 30 years old and he was married.