HALL, DONALD JOE
Remains Identified - 09/2017
Name: Donald Joe Hall
Rank/Branch: E5/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 26 March 1937
Home City of Record: Stroud OK
Date of Loss: 06 February 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 174600N 1054800E (WE847643)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Other Personnel in Incident: Patrick H. Wood; Richard A. Kibbey; Lucius L.
Heiskell (all missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1991 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.
SYNOPSIS: On February 6, 1967, Capt. Lucius L. Heiskell was a pilot and was
flying an O1F aircraft on a visual reconnaissance mission with another O1F
when his aircraft was struck by enemy fire forcing him to bail out. His
parachute was followed to the ground and voice contact with him indicated
that immediate rescue was not feasible due to enemy troops in the area.
Beeper signals continued and later an HH3E helicopter flown by Maj. Patrick
H. Wood was dispatched to recover Heiskell. He was at this time located near
the border of Laos and North Vietnam about 5 miles from the Mu Gia Pass.
Wood's crew that day included Capt. Richard A. Kibbey and SSgt. Donald J.
Heiskell was hoisted aboard, but as the helicopter was departing the area,
it was hit by ground fire causing it to explode and crash. The helicopter
pararescueman survived and was treated for burns. The remainder of the crew,
Hall, Kibbey and Wood, as well as Heiskell, were not located.
When 591 Americans were released in 1973, the crew of the HH3E was not among
them. They were numbered with nearly 3000 Americans who remained missing,
prisoner, or unaccounted for at the end of the war.
Since American involvement in Vietnam ended in 1975, over 10,000 reports
relating to Americans missing, prisoner, or otherwise unaccounted for in
Indochina have been received by the U.S. Government. Many officials, having
examined this largely classified information, have reluctantly concluded
that many Americans are still alive today, held captive by our long-ago
Whether Hall and the crew of the HH3E survived the crash of their aircraft
to be captured is not known. It is not known if they might be among those
thought to be still alive today. What is certain, however, is that as long
as even one American remains alive, held against his will, we owe him our
very best efforts to bring him to freedom.
Donald J. Hall was promoted to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant during the
period he was maintained Missing in Action.
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Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Airman Killed During Vietnam War
Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Donald J. Hall, accounted for on Aug. 25, 2017,
will be buried March 26 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington,
Hall, 29, of Stroud, Oklahoma, was killed during the Vietnam War.
His grandson, Aaron McGee, is available for interviews at (405) 534-2458.
The Department of Defense has no photos of Hall on file.
Media interested in attending the funeral should contact Arlington National
Cemetery Public Affairs at 703-614-0024.
On Feb. 6, 1967, Hall was a member of Detachment 5, 38th Aerospace Rescue
and Recovery Squadron, when he, along with three other service members, were
flying an HH-3E helicopter on a rescue and recovery mission over northern
Vietnam. After rescuing the pilot of a downed aircraft, Hall's helicopter
was hit by enemy ground fire, resulting in an internal explosion and crash.
Hall was subsequently reported missing in action. His status was later
amended to deceased.
In March 2017, a Vietnamese Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) team
excavated a crash site associated with Hall's loss, near Bai Dinh Hamlet,
Dan Hoa Village, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, and recovered possible
osseous remains and material evidence. On March 31, 2017, a Joint Forensic
Review team examined the possible remains in Da Nang and recommended them
for repatriation to the United States. The remains were sent to DPAA on
April 2, 2017.
To identify Hall's remains, DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner
System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) and autosomal (auSTR) DNA analysis, which
matched his family, as well as anthropological analysis, which matched his
records and circumstantial evidence.
The support from the government of Vietnam was vital to the success of this
Today there are 1,600 American servicemen and civilians who are still
unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. Hall's name is recorded on the Courts
of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu,
along with the others who are missing from the Vietnam War. A rosette will
be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account
for missing Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the
DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or call (703) 699-1420.