Department of Maryland
American Legion Post 295, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is a proud Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War Commemoration, to learn more about the Commemoration,please visit       www.vietnamwar50th.com.

2017 Auxiliary Unit 295 Annual Dues. Payable by Dec 31st of each year.

$20.00

2017 Sons of the American Legion Annual Dues. Paid in advance by Dec 31st of each year.

$20.00

ATTENTION WWII VETERANS

WWII Combat Infantryman Badge recipients were retroactively awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 1947. If you have not received yours we can help. More information and criteria is available here.
THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 13TH IS CANCELLED.

OFFICER ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD DURING THE MEETING SCHEDULED FOR MAY 11TH AT 7:30 AT THE UPPER MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER.

SERVING THE GREATER GAITHERSBURG-GERMANTOWN AREA
SINCE 1984

FIFTY YEARS AGO - April 1, 1967

Col Robert A. Govan and Col David R. Williams, USAF, 

declared MIA

The North American T28D Nomad fighter/bomber was a single-engine aircraft that was utilized throughout Southeast Asia by both US and Allied personnel primarily for counterinsurgency and escort missions. When flying as an escort, the Nomad relied on the more sophisticated detection equipment aboard other aircraft to direct them to the target area, then the pilot would fly in low in a shallow dive in order to most effectively carry his attack to the enemy.

 

When North Vietnam began to increase its military strength in South Vietnam, NVA and Viet Cong troops again intruded on neutral Laos for sanctuary, as the Viet Minh had done during the war with the French some years before. This border road was used by the Communists to transport weapons, supplies and troops from North Vietnam into South Vietnam, and was frequently no more than a path cut through the jungle covered mountains. US forces used all assets available to them to stop this flow of men and supplies from moving south into the war zone.

On 1 April 1967 Major David R. Williams, instructor pilot; and then Major Robert A. Govan, pilot; comprised the crew of a T28D aircraft on a night armed reconnaissance mission over eastern Laos. The Nomad's intended flight plan took them from Nakhon Phanom (NKP) Airfield to "FAS Steel Tiger, Delta Echo;" then back to NKP. The target area included Route 911, a major artery in the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail that passed through the Ban Karai Pass. That pass was one of two major ports of entry employed by the North Vietnamese into Laos.

 

Once in the target area southwest of the Ban Karai Pass, Major Williams established radio contact with the airborne battlefield command and control center (ABCCC). After providing him with current mission information, the ABCCC handed the flight off to the onsite Forward Air Controller (FAC) who would direct air operations in that sector.

 

The FAC observed two trucks going south on Route 911. He dropped a flare to illuminate the target, but more light was needed as the targets were no longer visible. Major Govan descended to an altitude below the FAC, which was estimated to be 1000 to 2000 feet above the terrain. Another truck was spotted traveling north, and Major Govan dropped two more flares. 

 

The aircraft was observed by the FAC as it rolled out of a northeast heading. After dropping another flare, the FAC reported seeing numerous flashes that appeared to be enemy anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) fire directed toward the Nomad.

At 2102 hours, roughly six minutes later, the FAC observed a large fireball on the ground that was followed by numerous secondary explosions. (Most likely a direct hit on the aircraft). The FAC tried to raise Williams and Govan on the radio, but without success. Search and rescue (SAR) operations began immediately. Unfortunately, no parachutes were sighted and no beepers heard. David Williams and Robert Govan were listed Missing in Action.

 

The Nomad's last known location was over a very long and narrow jungle covered valley with mountains and karsts rising up along both sides of the valley. Small hamlets and villages dotted the region, which was laced with many roads, trails and footpaths. The location of loss was approximately 10 miles east of Ban Muong Sen, 27 miles southwest of the Ban Karai Pass and 75 miles southeast of Nakhon Phanom, Savannakhet Province, Laos.


POST COMMANDER'S MESSAGE

Greetings,


      The 2016-2017 Membership year is quickly coming to a close. Post 295 now has over 700 members and still only about 1% are helping out.


     What is your Niche? Are you a wiz at newsletters, facebook, phone calls or letter writing? Are you a fundraiser, can you solict donations for our golf tournament, how about taking part in an occaisional parade or ceremony with our honor guard, maybe even playing taps for a fallen comrade?


      Everyone has a niche, think of a way you can help your Post by giving some time to fulfill a niche in our organization. Being a Legionnaire does not mean having to sacrifice all of you spare time. It may be a few hours every few months or as little as a half hour a week to contact a few of our members.


     If you can fill a niche, send me a message.


     Thank you for your service,


Bob Ouellette

Post Commander 

2016-2017

For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:

    • to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
    • to maintain law and order;
    • to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;
    • to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars;
    • to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
    • to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
    • to make right the master of might;
    • to promote peace and goodwill on earth;
    • to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;
    • to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
Our members have served the world over from WWII to Iraq, 
Afghanistan and other parts of the world. Every service is represented, our members are either serving on Active Duty, National Guard & Reserves or have completed their service and are Veterans and Retirees. 
Recipient of the Silver GuideStar Exchange Seal

George W Harrison Award

Department of Maryland


For the Post with the best website 

supporting the ideals of the American Legion

with a membership of 351-500.


2009, 2012, 2014

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