CARL EDWIN JACKSON
A loving tribute to Carl Jackson
can be found on the Internet at
Many family photos are posted.
CAPT - Air Force - Reserve
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Unit: 1st Flight Detachment,
1131st Special Activities Squadron,
35 year old Married, Caucasian,
Date of Birth: 28 January 1930
Home City of Record: NATCHITOCHES,
Length of service 14 years
His tour of duty began on Jun
Date of Loss: 27 June 1965
Country of Loss: BIEN HOA, SOUTH
HOSTILE, FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Loss Coordinates noted by the
USG at time of loss: 101307N 1064405E (XT990095)
Loss Coordinates suspected by
JTF-FA in 1998: 48P YT 02830 04566, near the
village of Xom Long Dinh
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: C123 [vehicle
number not listed in
USG downed aircraft file]
Status (in 1973): Killed In
Action/Body Not Recovered
Panel 02E - - Line 21
Other Personnel In Incident:
Billie L. Roth, only other missing American --
14 more were "Chinese Nationalists."
Accumulated 4200 hours of flying time throughout his career in the
Air Force, prior to his shootdown.
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 with material provided by
Alan Jackson, Carl Jackson's
son, in 1998.
EXPLODE NE SAIGON-J [family conversations with former CIA
personnel contradict this USG
Fairchild C123 "Provider" was a night attack system/transport
aircraft based on an all-metal
glider designed by Chase Aircraft. The
airplane's C123B prototype first
flew on September 1, 1954. The C123B, in
the hands of a group of airmen
who called themselves "The Mule Train" became
the first transport to see Vietnam
service. The C123B transports were soon
joined by UC123Bs of the now-controversial
Project Ranch Hand which sprayed
pesticides and herbicides over
Vietnam, including Agent Orange.
The Provider, particularly in
camouflage paint with mottled topside and
light bottomside, resembled
an arched-back whale suspended from the bottom
midpoint of huge dorsal wings.
Like other transports, the Provider proved
its versatility during the Vietnam
war. The C123 also dispensed flares to
illuminate targets for fighters
or tactical bombers, and were dubbed
"Candlestick" when they served
in this capacity.
The MACV-SOG personnel in this
incident were commanded directly out of the
Pentagon by JCS. One was not
just assigned to this detachment, but rather
interviewed for it at the Pentagon,
so the work was extraordinary even
applying Air Commando standards.
The aircraft had no standard
markings on it, but were painted with a unique
camo pattern of low-reflectivity
black, green and brown paint. The aircraft
was rigged with pylons on it.
Runways were often replaced by landing on very
wide roads. The 1131st flew
only at night. They operated in a shroud of
secrecy, no reports, no tail
numbers due to MACV-SOG. All aircraf were
sanitized as well as the nationality
and individuality of those on board.
The idea was "just make it happen."
Capt. Carl E. Jackson enlisted
in the Air Force in 1957 for two years. He
re-enlisted in the Air Force
Researve, active duty in 1960. He was one of
the elite chosen to work with
MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
Studies and Observation Group).
MACV-SOG was a joint service high command
unconventional warfare task
force engaged in highly classified operations
throughout Southeast Asia.
Capt. Jackson flew the C123 Provider
in Vietnam. SSgt. Billie L. "Sam" Roth
was on stand-by as a C123 cargo
master, the night he was assigned to fly
with Jackson. Jackson, Roth,
and 14 "Chinese Nationalists" were on board the
night the flight was reported
downed. The co-pilot as well was Chinese. DoD
de-classified this information
in the mid '90s.
The family of Captain Jackson
was told that on Sunday evening, word had it
that Nha Trang was about to
be under rocket and mortor attack. Jackson and
his commanding officer headed
for the jeep. Jackson dropped off his C/O at
one aircraft and drove to his
own. Apparently, the destination was Ton Son
Nhut air base.
June 27, 1965, while on final
approach, Jackson's C123 started receiving
ground-fire and subsequently
crashed. Rescue crews arrived at the scene and
found that there were no survivors.
The FBI was brought in to fingerprint
all on board however, and none
of the bodies could be identified as Capt.
Carl E. Jackson, USAF.
Throughout the years, the U.S.
government has still not positively located
his crash site. There have been
at least two sites that cooralated with his
flight. Further investigation
of both sites proved negative results. It has
been rumored that his aircraft
was flying somewhere near North Vietnam and
that his C123 did take ground
fire and crash. No one knew for sure whether
or not anyone survived. The
aircraft supposedly crashed north of "Thud
Over the years, the Jackson family
and the Roth family have personally
met to discuss the events. They
have shared personal information with each
other as well.
On May 16th 1968, Chanute Air
Force Base located in Illinios, dedicated
a building to Capt. Carl E.
Jackson, the first casualty from Chanute in
Vietnam. The building was called,
to Jon-An's MIA's