|Birth: ||May 21, 1942|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 6, 1968|
Lam Dong, Vietnam
In Memory of….. Capt Leonard Selanikio.
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!
LEONARD SELANIKIO - Air Force - CAPT - O3
Date of Birth May 21, 1942 - Born New York, NY.
From: WEST ISLIP, NY
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Marco Selanikio, Born Nov. 27, 1908 and Died March 7, 1987 and Mother, Shirley Selanikio, Born unknown and Died Dec. 29, 1956 (Both Buried in Flushing, NY.), both of Hicksville, NY. Brother, Solomon Selanikio of West Islip, NY.
***** As we age, we miss the friends we lost during Viet Nam even more. We were comrades in arms. Rest in Peace!
***** West Islip Dedicates a New Memorial - Leonard Selanikio. The jet black, polished granite headstone, installed on a grassy site on high school grounds, was donated by Boyd-Spencer Funeral Homes. ...Located on school grounds behind the public library,the wall is beautiful ... Brian Monahan, Daniel Russell Nidds, Thomas Frank Post, and Leonard Selanikio. ...
CAPT - O3 - Air Force - Regular
Length of service 3 years
His tour began on Feb 13, 1968
Casualty was on Sep 6, 1968
Service: Air Force (Regular)
Grade at loss: O3
ID No: 3149834
MOS: 1115 Pilot
LenSvc: Between 3 and 4 years
Unit: 345TH TAC ALFT SQDN, 314TH TAC ALFT WING, 7TH AF
Start Tour: Tuesday, 02/13/1968
Change Status: Friday, 09/06/1968
Missing to Died while Missing
Age at Loss: 26
Remains: Body recovered
Location: Lam Dong, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, died while missing
Reason: Air loss or crash over land - Fixed Wing - Crew
In LAM DONG, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
Panel 45W - Line 57
Others involved: Killed - five crewmen: Major Eugene W. Hartman, Silver Spring, MD, navigator Capt David H. Risher, Washington, DC, pilot Capt Leonard Selanikio, West Islip NY, Flight Engineer and Sgt Jesus Ochoa, Tucson, AZ, Loadmaster.
On 06 Sep 1968 a C-130E from the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron crashed at Tam Phat Airfield near Bao Loc, killing five crewmen.
The crash was due to hostile-fire.
The aircraft received ground fire about a mile south of the airfield.
The five men were classified as killed in action.
A Note from The Virtual Wall
On 06 Sep 1968 a C-130E (tail number 62-1785) from the 345th Tac Alft Sqdn crashed at Tam Phat Airfield near Bao Loc, killing five crewmen:
Major Eugene W. Hartman, Silver Spring, MD, navigator;
Capt David H. Risher, Washington, DC, pilot;
Capt Leonard Selanikio, West Islip, NY, copilot;
TSgt Ralph J. Lund, Johnstown, NY, crew chief; and
Sgt Jesus Ochoa, Tucson, AZ, loadmaster.
The casualty database has the incident coded as a hostile-fire loss, and Hobson's Vietnam Air Losses says the aircraft received ground fire about a mile south of the airfield - but Hobson also reports that one source says the aircraft crashed into a mountain during a bad-weather approach to landing.
This discrepancy is explained in the Department of Defense casualty reports published at the time. The deaths of the five men were first reported as due to non-hostile causes in DoD press releases 834-68 (09 Sep 68) and 836-68 (10 Sep 68). The post-incident investigation turned up evidence indicating the loss was due to hostile action and the five men were reclassified as killed in action in DoD press release 885-68 (27 Sep 68):
Marco Selanikio (1908 - 1987)
Shirley Selanikio (____ - 1956)
US AIR FORCE
Long Island National Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: L, 24913
Maintained by: Eddieb
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 03, 2000
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