Name: John James Dawes
Rank/Branch: E7/US Army
Unit: Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne
Date of Birth: 02 August 1932 (Scranton PA)
Home City of Record: Madera CA
Date of Loss: 05 May 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 123551N 1092745E
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: CH47
Refno: 0327
Other Personnel In Incident: (rest of crew rescued)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more
of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2020.


SYNOPSIS: SFC John J. Dawes was a passenger aboard a CH47 that was returning
to Nha Trang from a medical evacuation mission. The helicopter experienced a
power failure and crashed about 400 meters offshore.

The pilot of the aircraft was able to make a successful controlled crash
landing in the water, enabling all the crew with the exception of Doss to
escape the aircraft before it capsized. It is felt that Dawes went down with
the chopper.

The survivors were rescued about 45 minutes later from the water. An
extensive search of the area of rescue was conducted, believing it was the
proximity of the crash site as well. No sign was ever found of John Dawes.

John Dawes doubtless died the day his chopper went down, so he is listed
among the dead. Because his mortal remains were not located, he is also
listed among the missing. Other cases of the missing are not so clear. Many
were known to have been alive at the time they disappeared. Some were known
captives. Others reported by radio that their capture was imminent.

Since the end of the war, thousands of reports have been received that
indicate that hundreds of these Americans still languish in communist
prisons in Indochina. While John Dawes may not be one of them, someone's
brother, son or husband is. We must bring them home.





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On May 5, 1966, a UH-1D Iriqouis (tail number 64-13602) was returning to Nha Trang, South Vietnam, from a medevac mission when it experienced a power failure. The pilot crash-landed the helicopter 400 meters off the South Vietnamese coast, in the vicinity of (GC) 49P CP 330 930. All of the helicopterís occupants, except for one passenger, escaped the aircraft before it sank. These survivors searched the water for the missing passenger, but were unsuccessful. About forty-five minutes after the crash, all of the incident's survivors were rescued.

Sergeant First Class John James Dawes, who joined the U.S. Army from California, was a member of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He was the passenger aboard the Iriqouis who was lost when the aircraft sank. Survivors of the incident reported that a rotor blade had struck SFC Dawes in the back of the head during his escape from the sinking aircraft, killing him or knocking him unconscious. Attempts to locate him following the incident were unsuccessful, and he remains unaccounted for. Today, Sergeant First Class Dawes is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Active Pursuit.

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