The following information pertains to a serviceman who remains classified as Missing In Action.
Mercedes P. Salinas
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Service Number: 18139873
Date Missing: 12/11/1965
Unit: 309th Air Commando Squadron
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Listed On Wall/Tablet: Honolulu Memorial
Rosette In Place: No
Recoverability Status: Remains Recovered
Next Steps: Staff Sergeant Salinas was a member of the 309th Air Commando Squadron. On December 11, 1965, he was a crew member of a Fairchild Provider Cargo Aircraft (C-123K) on a mission over Phu Yen, South Vietnam, when his aircraft crashed. His remains were recovered on June 16, 1974 and identified on February 27, 1979. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. **
Date Recovered: 6/16/1974
Date Identified: 2/27/1979
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