Angel Flight

Angel Flights are the U.S. Air Force planes (C-130’s) used to fly home our Fallen Soldiers.  Angel Flight is also their call sign.  Angel Flights have top priority in the U.S. airspace – Towers will be heard to say, “Number One for landing/take off.”

The Air Force Angel Wing flare pattern is amazing to watch as the flares come out in the shape of an angel wing.  A fitting tribute to bring home our fallen with the respect they have earned.

Please watch and listen to Radney Foster sing the powerful message of “Angel Flight”

During January 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), accounted for the following U.S. service members:


Willard H. Aldridge, Seaman 1st Class, USS Oklahoma

Warren H. Crim, Fireman 3rd Class, USS Oklahoma

Eugene P. Ford, 1st Lt., 765th Bombardment Squadron/461st Bombardment Group/15th Air Force

Leonard R. Geller, Fireman 1st Class, USS Oklahoma

Donald G. Keller, Seaman 1st Class, USS Oklahoma

Jack H. Krieger, Pfc, USS Oklahoma

Chester E. Seaton, Fireman 1st Class, USS Oklahoma

Lowell E. Valley, Fireman 2nd Class, USS Oklahoma

Korean War

William C. McDowell, Cpl., Co. D/1st Battalion/32nd Infantry Regiment/7th Infantry Div.

Lamar E. Newman, Pfc, Co. B/1st Battalion/9th Infantry Regiment/ 2nd Infantry Division

Pete W. Simon, Sgt. 1st Class, Co. G/8th Cavalry Regiment

And the search goes on…

A Navy diver guides a salvage basket during an underwater recovery operation searching for World War II remains off the coast of Koror, Palau, Jan. 30, 2018.

Divers in Palau recover remains linked to missing WWII air crews!

A joint underwater recovery team of soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians recently completed an intense two-month excavation of sunken World War II airplanes in Palau, retrieving remains that could belong to long-lost American air crews, the Navy said.

Headed by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the team worked from aboard the USNS Salvor near Ngerekebesang Island, completing work on Feb. 25.

Above information from: “Stars and Stripes” magazine.

Angel Flight information from: 11th Airborne Division Assoc. newspaper, “The Voice of the Angels”

Identifying our missing information from: DPAA/ American Battle Monuments Commission; the DPAA identified 183 service members during the fiscal year of 2017.


About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on March 8, 2018, in Current News, Home Front, Korean War, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 188 Comments.

  1. Ah! Can’t see through my tears. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing this.
    A C 130 came through our neighborhood a few days ago…at about 200ft…it was frightening…and amazing at the same time. I don’t believe it was an Angel Flight…some other kind of maneuver…but seeing this video I have new respect.
    Thanks…Sweet Blessings ❤

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  2. Beautiful and deeply moving. Thanks for sharing this. Great work!

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  3. GP, Your description of the Angel Flights was moving enough….& then I listened to the song….very moving. And the accounting of missing servicemen from January 2018 alone is impressive. The underwater search in Palua amazes me. I have read about it in the newspaper a while back. And thank you for the recent “Like” on my latest post on the year “1968.” May things be well with you! Phil

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    • I appreciate you reading this post, Philip, but then again, I knew you wouldn’t miss it. That search in the Pacific is a product of some great team work that’s for sure!! And Phil – you don’t need to thank me for visiting your site – it is always a pleasure, my friend!!

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  4. Well done! I put it back out there on LinkedIn and Twitter for you!

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  5. The post, especially the song, was incredibly moving. The song is new to me, too. I pray for the day the last Angel comes home.

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  6. A beautiful and moving post, GP. I never heard the song before.

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  7. Sad, but very fitting song. Lovely tribute.

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  8. pawprintsandmint

    A lovely tribute… and beautiful formation

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  9. A well-deserved beautiful tribute indeed. Great teamwork within the military sectors. But, It so sad too about the aftermath discoveries…tearful to the title of this post: “come on brother, i’m taking you home.”

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  10. Well done gp, you made an old soldier tear up.

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  11. I recall seeing a video of Angel Flight such as yours here gp, it is a very emotional experience to see, those involved in loading and flying the Angel Flight are a very special breed of Air Force Personnel. America certainly knows how to respect their fallen comrades.

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  12. A fitting way to demonstrate a nation’s lasting respect and gratitude for the supreme sacrifice of its military forces..

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  13. Thank you for sharing this! I can’t tell you how often I think about those we lose and those we left behind… It does take an angel to deliver peace to us all, and these are wondrous!

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  14. What a powerful and emotional tribute to those who gave it all. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. I had no idea. Thank you for sharing this. Made me tear up .

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  16. Thank you very much!


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