The database page for John Henry Sothoron Long
I wore John H. S. Long's MIA bracelet when I was a young girl growing up in Kansas City, MO. My parents got my brother, sister and I each a bracelet but they were way too big. My Dad carefully cut them each down to a smaller size. I don't know exactly when I wore it but it was the early seventies and I was about 9 years old. I remember thinking that the name on the bracelet was very special because it had a name on it with 2 middle initials.
When the war ended, I kept the bracelet. I still have it today. My husband and I visited the Angel Fire Vietnam War Memorial in 2007 and it re-ignited my interest in John H. S. Long. I looked him up while we were there and it was the first time I had ever seen his picture or read anything about him. I plan to donate my bracelet to the New Mexico Memorial in 2008 when we take another trip to Angel Fire.
I wanted someone, anyone to know that I have spent my lifetime thinking about John H. S. Long. Who is his family? Was he married? What was he like?
Notes from The Virtual WallWhile it is clear that a USAF HU-16 Albatross (serial 51-7145) went down offshore North Vietnam on 18 Oct 1966, there is conflicting information with respect to exactly what happened. The twin-engined, fixed-wing Albatross, an amphibious aircraft capable of landing on water or runway, was crewed by
Chris Hobson's authoritative work "Vietnam Air Losses" gives the following account of the loss:
"An Albatross amphibian took off from Da Nang in poor weather for a patrol over the Gulf of Tonkin. Using the call sign CROWN BRAVO, a name that was assigned to the afternoon patrol of each day, the aircraft encountered worsening weather and failed to make a routine radio report. As soon as the weather cleared enough a second Albatross left Da Nang to search for Maj Angstadt's aircraft. The Albatross was joined by Navy ships and aircraft but no trace of the aircraft or of its crew was ever found. The aircraft's last known position was about 40 miles off Dong Hoi [a North Vietnam coastal town a bit north of the DMZ] and it was suspected that the aircraft was lost due to extreme weather rather than enemy action." (Hobson, p.78)The Jolly Green Organization ("JOLLY GREEN" was the Vietnam nickname for the USAF SAR helicopters) carries the following note on 51-7145:
"The aircraft was on a SAR orbit north of the DMZ and reported to a Navy ship he was returning to his home station, Danang. This was the last contact with the aircraft and no trace of the aircraft or crew was ever found." (http://www.jollygreen.org/jltnc.htm)The POW Network and Task Force Omega sites carry a more complex story. In summary, the two sites report that the HU-16
The UH-16 crew received promotions during the period they were maintained Missing in Action: Angstadt and Rackley were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; Long to the rank of Captain; Clark and Hill to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant; Shoneck to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant; and Adams to the rank of Master Sergeant.
On 18 July 1973, the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death for all seven men. Their remains have not been repatriated.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 01 Apr 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009