CHESNUTT, CHAMBLESS M.

REMAINS RECOVERED 03/20/85
 

Name: Chambless M. Chesnutt
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Unit: 47th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Date of Birth: 13 August 1934
Home City of Record: LITTLE ROCK AR
Date of Loss: 30 September 1965
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 210559 North  1055857 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C #0680
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident: Michael Chwan, remains returned 1985
Refno: 0156


Capt Chambless Chesnutt. (Courtesy of Garry Chesnutt)

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.  2020

REMARKS: PROB DEAD

REMAINS RECOVERED 03/20/85

CACCF CRASH/PILOT

No further information available at this time.

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09/18/19
 
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/09/18/missing-id-card-spent-50-years-vietnam-now-its-coming-home.html
 

The military ID card of an airman who went missing in action in Vietnam is finally coming home.

Though Air Force Capt. Chambless M. Chesnutt's remains were returned in 1985, the card is the only personal
item of his ever recovered from Vietnam, and a treasured memento for his now-grown children. It will be presented
in a Friday ceremony to Chesnutt's son, retired Texas Air National Guard Maj. Garry Chesnutt....

 

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01/2020

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000qFI9kEAG

MAJ CHAMBLESS MARSHALL CHESNUTT

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On April 8, 1985, the Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii (CILH, now DPAA) identified the remains of Major Chambless Marshall Chesnutt, missing from the Vietnam War.

Major Chesnutt joined the U.S. Air Force from Tennessee and was a member of the 47th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On September 30, 1965, he was the aircraft commander of an F-4C Phantom II (tail number 640680) on a strike mission against enemy targets in Vietnam. As the flight regrouped to return to base after the mission, Maj Chesnutt's Phantom was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and he was killed. Heavy enemy presence in the area prevented attempts to reach the crash site at that time. In March of 1985, the Vietnamese government returned remains to American authorities that were eventually identified as those of Maj Chesnutt. 

Major Chesnutt is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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