TSGT Allen Jones Avery

Sumner, Bremer County, Iowa, USA
Death 6 Apr 1972 (aged 29)
Đông Hà, Quảng Trị, Vietnam
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 34, Grave 680-A
Memorial ID 24912448 · View Source
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Technical Sergeant Allen Jones Avery was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Air Force, TSGT Avery served our country until April 6, 1972 in South Vietnam. He left behind his former wife and his daughter, Debbie (Avery) McBride. Allen died from an undetermined explosion. His body was recovered on June 7, 1994 and was identified on September 25, 1997.

TSGT Avery is on panel 02W, line 130 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

He is also listed on the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Greenhill Park in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Lt. John Call, Potomac, Md.; Capt. Peter Chapman, Centerburg, Ohio; Sgt. James Alley, Plantation, Fla.; Sgt. Allen Avery, Auburn, Mass.; Sgt. Roy Prater, Tiffin, Ohio; and Sgt. William Pearson, Webster, N.H., were on a search-and-rescue operation aboard a Sikorsky HH-53 helicopter, named the ``Jolly Green 67,'' near Dong Ha, South Vietnam, on April 6, 1972. The crew was trying to rescue two downed airmen when the helicopter was shot down. They were all killed in the crash. They were MIA for 25 years. Their bodies were subsequently recovered and identified in 1997 and they were laid to rest with full military honors, including a helicopter flyover, at Arlington National Cemetery on November 19, 1997.

Welcome home and rest in peace.

These soldiers were part of a rescue attempt that was recounted in the 1988 movie ``Bat 21,'' starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover.

My sincere thanks to Tony Hatler for sponsoring Sgt Allen Jones Avery's memorial.

I'd like to thank TSGT Avery's daughter Debbie, for writing to me. I want your father's memorial to be the best it can be. You must be very proud of him and I know he must be very proud of you.

10 April 2012

"Vietnam War pararescueman finally brought home
By Tech. Sgt. Richard A. Williams Jr.
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -- Air Force pararescuemen were able to bring home one of their fallen comrades April 6 here."

"The crew, all except for Avery who had not been positively identified at the time, received a full honors funeral were buried at Arlington Nov. 17, 1997. However, advancements in DNA testing allowed the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office to officially identify his remains and release them to his family for service at his final resting place."

Here is the link to read the entire story posted on The Official Website of Air Force Special Operations Command. Vietnam War pararescueman finally brought home

At long last, may you truly rest in peace Tech. Sgt. Allen Avery. Thank you for giving your life to help keep our great country free.
God bless you,


Tsgt Allen Jones Avery

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