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Sgt William Kevin Colwell
Birth: Jun. 1, 1921
Glen Cove
Nassau County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 24, 1965, Laos

In Memory of ..... CMS William Kevin Colwell.
*** A funeral mass was held on Long Island Saturday for an Air Force sergeant killed during the Vietnam War.
*** CMS William Kevin Colwell and the remains of the other crewmen will be honored and laid to rest in the Arlington National Cemetery on July 9, 2012 accompanied by the families of each flight crew member.
*** Command Master Sergeant Colwell was a member of the 4th Air Commando Squadron. On December 24, 1965, he was a crew member of a Chinook Spooky Attack Aircraft Gunship I (AC-47D) on an armed reconnaissance flight just south of Ban Bac, Saravane Province, Laos, when the aircraft crashed.


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!


WILLIAM KEVIN COLWELL - Air Force - CMS - E9
Age: 44
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Jun 1, 1921
From: GLEN COVE, NY
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status: Married - Ingrid Colwell, Died in 1968 in a house fire. A brother and sister have also passed away before he came home. Only his nieces remain, Ann Famigliette and Susan Schilling.

***** "New York, State Census"
Name: Kevin Colwell
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1925
Event Place: Glen Cove, A.D. 02, E.D. 04, Nassau, New York, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 4
Nationality: United States
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birth Year: 1921


***** Vietnam Vet. William Colwell's remains were just found in Laos after his plane went down back in 1965. Famigliette sisters Ann and Susan Famigliette- Shilling talk about their lost uncle at their home where they receive the news of him being missing in Glen Cove, NY. (May 16, 2012) Forty-six years after he went missing during the Vietnam War, William Kevin Colwell came home Saturday --to be remembered and honored in the Glen Cove church where he was baptized. The Requiem Mass at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church gave closure to the Air Force flight engineer's family, who learned in March that his remains had been identified from a crash site in Laos.


GLEN COVE, N.Y. -- A funeral mass was held on Long Island Saturday for an Air Force sergeant killed during the Vietnam War.
The remains of Air Force Tech. Sgt. William Kevin Colwell were recently identified at a military lab in Hawaii.
He disappeared in 1965 when his plane crashed in Laos. He was 44 at the time of his disappearance.
Relatives held a funeral mass at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Glen Cove.
"When I saw the coffin, it hit home," said Colwell's niece, Ann Famigliette. "And my sister and I, it's very hard for us to see that part, very hard."
In 2010, a team of researchers recovered bits of human remains from a jungle crash site in Laos.

In March, researchers positively linked the remains to the long missing Colwell.

***** "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records"
Name: William K Colwell
Event Type: Military Service
Event Date: 14 Dec 1945
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for Hawaiian Department
Event Place: Mccook Aaf, Nebraska, United States
Race: White
Citizenship Status: citizen
Birth Year: 1921
Birthplace: NEW YORK
Education Level: 3 years of high school
Military Rank: Sergeant
Army Branch: Air Corps
Army Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source Reference: Enlisted Man, Philippine Scout or recall to AD of an enlisted man who had been transferred to the ERC

***** Deceased
Name: Chief Master Sergeant William Kevin Colwell
Titles and Terms: Chief Master Sgt
Event Type: Obituary
Event Date: 27 May 2012
Event Place: Long Island, New York, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 44
Relationship to Deceased: Deceased
Birth Year: 1921
Death Date: 1965
Death Place: , , Laos
Newspaper: Newsday
Spouse and Children
Ingrid Colwell Wife Female
Extended Family
Ann Famigliette Niece Female
Susan Schilling Niece Female
Others on Record
Reverend Daniel Nash Nonrelative Male
Howard Stillwagon Nonrelative Male
Mayor Ralph Suozzi Nonrelative Male





His tour began on Dec 24, 1965
Casualty was on Dec. 24, 1965
In LZ, LAOS
Event Place: Unknown Code, Laos
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Missing
Casualty Cause Note: Air Loss, Crash - Land
Military Unit: Air Force
Military Component: Regular
Military Command: 13th AF
Military Air force Group: 6250th CSG
Military Squadron: 4th ACS
Military Rank: Chief Master Sergeant
Service Number: 077129823
Birth Date: 01 Jun 1921
Residence Place: Glen Cove, New York, United States
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND

Body was not recovered
Panel 04E - Line 36


The crew was comprised of:
Lt. Col. Derrell B. Jeffords, pilot;
Capt. Dennis L. Eilers, co-pilot;
Maj. Joseph Christiano, navigator;
then TSgt. William Kevin Colwell, flight engineer;
MSgt. Larry C. Thornton, aerial gunner; and
SSgt. Arden "A. K." Hassenger, aerial gunner.


CMS William Kevin Colwell was a proud member of the United States Air Force.

The Douglas AC-47D, nicknamed Puff the Magic Dragon or Spooky, was a nocturnal savior to American and South Vietnamese troops at besieged outposts deep in Viet Cong and Pathet Lao-held territory.

On 24 December 1965, At 0728 hours the same day, an AC-47D gunship, call sign "Spooky 21," departed DaNang Airfield, South Vietnam on an armed reconnaissance/strike mission over the panhandle of Laos. They were to monitor enemy activity moving through this region known to contain several arteries of the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Shortly before contact was lost with the gunship at 1050 hours, one of the crew broadcast "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, Spooky 21" over the UHF emergency frequency. The aircrews of two separate aircraft who were also operating in this sector heard the gunship's final radio transmission.

The search was terminated at 1500 hours on 26 December when no trace of the aircraft or crew was found.

CMS William Kevin Colwell and his crewmates are still waiting to return from their mission.

None of the SPOOKY 21 crew has yet returned from their last mission. (Lt. Col. Eilers and the remains of the other crewmen will be honored and laid to rest in the Arlington National Cemetery on July 9, 2012 accompanied by the families of each flight crew member.)


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  Ingrid M Colwell (1927 - 1968)
 
Note: Sgt William Kevin Colwell and the remains of the other crewmen will be honored and laid to rest in the Arlington National Cemetery on July 9, 2012
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60 Grave 10047
 
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Record added: Jan 14, 2011
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