Gerald F. Ayers Major,United States Air Force

Gerald Francis Ayres was born on February 23, 1939 and joined the Armed Forces while in New Castle, Delaware.

He served in the United States Air Force, and attained the rank of Major.

Gerald Francis Ayres is listed as Missing in Action.

From a contemporary news report:”On October 27, 1994, the Air Force announced that they had identified the remains of thirteen servicemen killed during the Vietnam War, including twelve who were on an AC-130A shot down over the A-Shau Valley on June 18, 1972. According to a news report from Travis Air Force Base, California, three of the twelve members of the crew (Major Gerald F. Ayers, Captain Mark Danielson and Senior Master Sergeant Jacob Mercer) had ben individually identified and the nine other crew members (Tech Sergeant Richard Cole,Captain Paul GilbertMajor Robert Harrison, Sergeant Leon HuntSergeant Donald KlinkeSergeant Stanley Lehrke, Sergeant Larry Newman, Sergeant Richard Nyhof and Captain Robert Wilson) had been ‘identified' as a group.

“On November 17, 1994, a group burial of the co-mingled remains of the AC-130 crew was held at Arlington National Cemetery.

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