402 VVN – Vietnam airman from Harnett County, NC is finally home

Sgt. Don Stewart, mack Payne, vietnam veteran news

Sgt. Don Stewart standing near a C-123 cargo plane in Vietnam. Stewart was killed in action in a plane crash on Dec. 11, 1965

Wandra Raynor and her daughter, Dona Stewart, lost their husband and father, Sgt. Don Stewart when he was killed in action in a plane crash on Dec. 11, 1965, mack payne, vietnam veteran news

Wandra Raynor and her daughter, Dona Stewart, lost their husband and father, Sgt. Don Stewart when he was killed in action in a plane crash on Dec. 11, 1965, lost their husband and father, Sgt. Don Stewart when he was killed in action in a plane crash on Dec. 11, 1965

In this episode the story of two North Carolina women who would not give up on the hope of finding the remains of their late husband and father is told. It comes from the Fayetteville Observer via a story titled: 50 years after death, Vietnam airman from Harnett County is finally home submitted by staff writer Chick Jacobs. Wandra Raynor would not accept from the Air Force that her husband’s remains could not be found. She and her daughter Dona Stewart would not stop looking. Their quest led them to going to the scene of the crash of a C-123 in the Central Highlands of Vietnam that took the life of US Air Force member Sgt. Staff Sgt. Don Stewart – Harnett County’s first combat casualty in Vietnam.

This Veterans Day in Harnett County, North Carolina Staff Sgt Don Stewart’s remains will be laid to rest after a 50 year wait. Chick Jacobs the writer of the article can be reached at jacobsc@fayobserver.com or 910-486-3515.


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