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Maj Franklin Lee “Lee” Weisner

Maj Franklin Lee “Lee” Weisner

Fort Benning, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA
Death 10 Oct 1969 (aged 24)
Kon Tum, Kon Tum, Vietnam
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Plot Plot: MB, 0, 42
Memorial ID 1307652 · View Source
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In Memory of ..... Maj. Franklin Lee Weisner.
*** Captain Weisner was a member of 219th Aviation Company, 223rd Aviation Battalion, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade. On October 10, 1969, he was the pilot of a Cessna Bird Dog Observation Aircraft (O-1G) on a search mission over Kontum, Kontum Province, South Vietnam when the aircraft crashed into a cliff above a river. 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 those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 33
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Mar 21, 1945 - Born Oakland, CA.
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Admiral Maurice F. D. Weisner (1917 - 2006) and Mother, Norma Holland Smith Weisner (1916 - 2005), both lived in Perdido Bay, Pensacola, Florida.

***** Photo - I still think of you... STILL miss you, Lee. When Yvonne and I dined with your mom & dad in Pensacola, I gave them all my photos of you, to peruse through in the privacy of their home at Perdido Bay. I know it was a bitter-sweet experience for them, to have to grieve all over again. But, I'm also hopeful that it brought them some semblance of joy, to be able to create another chapter in the short life you, and they, came to know, old friend. I'll always remember our waking up in our GROSS trailer in Hinesville, near Ft. Stewart, GA, with our water pipes FROZEN stiff, and had to report to the flight line at 0530 (a.k.a., Dark-Thirty), COLD, un-shaven, un-showered, un-kempt, and having to deal with the humor and riducule of our classmates who looked refreshed after a good night's sleep, while we were `The Poster Boyz` for what NOT to look like, as an officer and a gentleman, when reporting for duty. We hated that experience, didn't we? Your memory will always be with us. You are still loved... and missed, Lee. Terrence Dale (`T.D.`) Jorgensen, Sr., Marietta, GA, Kingsman-35.
T.D. Jorgensen, 0-3 Dual-Rated Instrument Flight Examiner
OFWAC 69-6

***** Lee Weisner and I were flight school mates and good friends. He was a super fellow and is missed. Thank you for doing the work on his site.
Donald M. Ricks
Added by Donald M. Ricks on Dec 29, 2015 6:57 AM

His tour began on Oct 10, 1969
Casualty was on Sep 19, 1978
Hostile, died while missing, HELICOPTER - PILOT
Body was not recovered
Panel 17W - Line 61
Unit: 219th Aviation Company "Headhunters", 17th Aviation Group, 223rd
Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade
Date of Birth: 21 March 1945 (Oakland CA)
Home City of Record: Ft. Benning GA (or Long Beach CA)
Date of Loss: 10 October 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 1500554N 1074835E (ZB043728)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: O1G

Other Personnel In Incident: Calvin Maxwell (missing)

By October 10, 1969, the Vietnamese were trying to knock the vulnerable Bird Dog out of the air.

On that day, they successfully downed the craft flown by Captain Franklin L. Weisner and Calvin Maxwell in Quang Nam Province.

Capt. Weisner was the pilot and Capt. Maxwell the observer in the "high aircraft" (serial #51-11942) in a flight of two O1G aircraft on a high/low search mission on that day in Military Region 2 (MR2), South Vietnam.

The aircraft flew from the "Headhunters" 219th Aviation Company, 17th Aviation Group, while the observer was an artillery man from 14th Artillery, 6th Battalion. A high/low search involved a "low" aircraft moving slower and close to the ground doing the looking for target locations (in this case, undoubtedly for artillery targets), and a "high" aircraft doing the location identification and confirmation.

The low aircraft made radio contact with Capt. Weisner as they were proceeding down a valley. About 10 or 15 seconds after this radio contact, the low aircraft picked up a radio transmission in which, after a few minutes, they heard screams and moans.

No further radio contact could be made with the high aircraft. (Note: there are discrepancies in the records of Weisner and Maxwell - on some records, they are coded as a helicopter crew lost in Kontum Province.

All records indicate the aircraft type as O1G. Additionally, various records place the loss in Kontum, Quang Nam, or Binh Dinh provinces, but coordinates are in Kontum Province, about 5 mile northeast of the city of Dak Pek.In addition to location and aircraft type
discrepancies, each man has two home cities of record listed in different records.)

On October 13, search aircraft found the wreckage of the Weisner/Maxwell aircraft lying inverted in a fast-flowing river.

Ground search teams were brought into the area the next day and confirmed the tail number as that of
Weisner and Maxwell. They reported that the aircraft had hit a cliff above the river and had slid into its present position.

Barefoot tracks of four people were found in the area, but no bodies were located.

A scuba team was brought in, and reported that both seat belts and shoulder harnesses were still hooked together in the cockpit, but no seat pads remained in the aircraft. One seat pad and an aviator's helmet were located about 100 meters downstream of the crash. An 8 inch thick tree had been carried to the site for unknown reasons. Two 30-calliber holes were found in the aircraft, but they would not have caused the malfunction and would not have wounded either crew member.

All searches were terminated on October 18 with no remains recovered, and no further information as to the
fate of Maxwell and Weisner.

Weisner and Maxwell were classified Missing In Action, with a strong probability that the enemy know their fates. Whether they survived to be captured is unknown.


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  • Maintained by: Eddieb
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 26 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1307652
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Franklin Lee “Lee” Weisner (21 Mar 1945–10 Oct 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1307652, citing Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .