MAGERS, PAUL GERALD Remains identified 08/2010 see below Name: Paul Gerald Magers Rank/Branch: O2/US Army Unit: 158th Aviation Battalion, 160th Aviation Group, 101st Airborne Division Date of Birth: 20 June 1945 (Denver CO) Home City of Record: Sidney NE Date of Loss: 01 June 1971 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 164107N 1064423E (XD855454) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: AH1G Refno: 1752 Source: Compiled 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 in 2010. Other Personnel in Incident: Donald L. Wann (missing) REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On June 1, 1971, 1Lt. Paul Magers, pilot and CW2 Donald L. Wann, aircraft commander, were aboard an AH1G Cobra gunship (serial #68-15002) on a mission in northwest Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, about 5 miles south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Another helicopter had just successfully extracted a Ranger team from a landing zone, and Magers' gunship was to destroy some ammunition that had been in the area. CW2 Wann started his rocket pass at about 1500 feet above the ground, and at about 40 feet, before commencing fire, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Witnesses saw a tracer round hit the underside and the tail section of the helicopter and saw fire from escaping fuel. The aircraft nosed up, gaining from 100-150 feet in altitude, then lost air speed. The aircraft appeared to shudder as it started a vertical right descending turn in flames. As the aircraft fell in a spiral pattern, 6 calls were made by CW2 Wann on both FM and UHF radio. None of the calls was answered. The aircraft crashed and slid down a steep hill some 100 feet. All witnesses stated that the crash was non-survivable. According to witnesses, Magers and Wann are almost certainly dead. Magers and Wann were declared dead, body not recovered. They are listed with honor among the missing because their bodies have not been returned to their homelands for burial. It is painful to think of the fear that Magers and Wann must have experienced as their crippled helicopter spiralled to the earth, and they made their futile radio requests for assistance. As painful as this thought is, however, it is more painful to think of the tortured deaths of others of the missing who were captured and killed inch by inch, day by day. More painful still is the thought of the hundreds of Americans many authorities believe are still alive in Southeast Asian prisons. What must they be thinking of their country? There can be no greater agony than that of abandonment.
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I wanted to send a big "Thank You" to everyone that escorted me and my dad home from Tulsa to Muskogee. I had a wonderful time at the JPAC/CIL lab in Hawaii, it was amazing, it was a very emotional time but healing time for me to help with the preparation. Everyone at all Hawaii airport was wonderful, i'm so grateful. DFW airport wow! They treated us like royalty, PGR was there waiting for us, we took pictures, I met so many wonderful people. Dave Calhoun was there and give me his Redskins pin, I was so overwhelmed with the outpouring support and love, it was wonderful. Then Tulsa airport, we saw all the people waiting for us on the tarmac all the motorcycles....me and CW2 Shul (my dad's Army escort) has tears in our eyes, seeing everyone was so overwhelming with emotions of joy, happiness. I wanted to thank everyone for the outpouring welcome home, and support. I can not put into words how I feel, but i'm so Happy!! I'm now in Muskogee at the hotel, went to dinner with Steve and my sister tonight. Can't wait to meet everyone, see you all soon.
This information below is from Nathan Magers the nephew of 1st Paul Magers, Nathan and I have been in contact with each other for about 5 years now. He requested me to send this out on my contact list, for anyone wanting to help with Paul's escort home.
Evening or morning Shannon,
Hope all is going well.
I have a request from you if I may,
Can you send out a notice for me? As you have the contacts as well as the web to carry it out on.
I'm looking for anyone who want s to Welcome a HERO home Paul Magers in Denver or in Billings.
We will be arriving in Denver on United Airlines flight #42 on August 25th at 9:08am. We will be on the ground for just over 2 hours.
We leave for Billings at 11:25 flight 579 again on United Airlines.
Arriving in Billings at 12:51pm. If anyone wants to join the procession to the funeral home to welcome Paul home firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you everyone for your support and kind words, it means a lot to the family.
I'm sorry to request this from you but I don't have the contacts like you have developed.
Thanks again if you can help.
Shannon Wann Plaster
Daughter of MIA CW2 Donald L. Wann
Oklahoma - State Coordinator
National League of POW/MIA Families
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Laid to rest: 39 years later, aviator is home for good
ED KEMMICK Of The Gazette Staff | Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 11:10 am
It took many years and many miles to get 1st Lt. Paul G. Magers home, but he was laid to rest at last on Friday, 39 years after he was killed in Vietnam......
Long-held bracelet given to family of fallen soldier
ED KEMMICK Of The Gazette Staff | Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 5:04 pm
For 25 years, Curt Nickisch was reminded almost every day that Lt. Paul G. Magers, shot down over Vietnam in 1971, was still missing in action......
Daughter of soldier killed with Magers attends funeral, burial service
ED KEMMICK Of The Gazette Staff | Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 4:59 pm
Shannon Wann Plaster buried her father in Oklahoma last Saturday, and on Friday she was in Montana to honor the man who died with him..