Ralph William Manners
First Lieutenant
457TH TAC ALFT SQDN, 483RD TAC ALFT WING, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
New Hyde Park, New York
October 12, 1944 to August 26, 1968
RALPH W MANNERS is on the Wall at Panel W46, Line 31

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"This memorial was created when photos of SGT Sleeper were submitted by David Sleeper's firstborn daughter, the eldest of 5 children ... 4 natural and 1 adopted. John (adopted), Ruthann(me), Darlene, Scott and Lynn. Ruthann Sleeper Marshall, 09/10/2012."

Lt Manners attended Officer Training School in San Antonio, Texas in 1966 with his first follow on assignment to Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. At Moody, he took parachute and pilots training, graduating April 5, 1968, from the 3552nd Pilot Training Squadron School (Patch below). He had a wife, Sally.

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1Lt Manners was the Co-Pilot for the C-7B Caribou (#62-4177) when it was hit by hostile ground fire in the starboard wing as it was flying close to the Cambodian border on an airlift flight, about 10 miles southwest of An Loc, Vietnam.

The aircraft lost the wing which caused the aircraft to go into a spin and crashed, exploding and killing all three crewmen. They were:

CPT Robert George Bull, II, Marlboro, New York
1LT Ralph William Manners, New Hyde Park, New York
SGT David Frederick Sleeper, Framingham, Massachusetts

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The Photo below is of Group Burial Marker at Arlington National Cemetery.

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