Allan Julius Stearns

United States Air Force
03 September 1927 - 20 July 1967
Girard, Pennsylvania
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USAF Senior Pilot

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Allan Julius Stearns

19 Nov 2001

He was the grandfather I never met but I still love him with all my heart.

I have pictures, my father's memories, and the thoughts of the love I wish to share with him. He will always be my hero.

I love you Grandpa!!

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On 20 July 1967 the 12th Air Commando Squadron lost its second aircraft, UC-123B tail number 54-0630, while conducting a RANCH HAND defoliation mission near Gia Vuc, some 30 miles southwest of Quang Ngai. The aircraft was making a spray run at 150 feet when it was hit by a hail of small arms fire, crashed, and burned. All five crewmen were killed:
  • Major Allan J. Stearns, Girard, PA, pilot
  • LtCol Everett E. Foster, Beacon, NY, copilot
  • Major Donald T. Steinbrunner, Bellingham, WA, navigator
  • SSgt Irvin G. Weyandt, Claysburg, PA, loadmaster
  • Sgt Le Tan Bo, RVN Air Force, observer

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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