David J. Wax
Remains Returned List - 1993
|SYNOPSIS: David J. "Waxie" Wax was known for his wit and good humor at the Air
Force Academy. He graduated in 1963 and had a promising career ahead when he took
flight training and was shipped to Vietnam.
On December 20, 1965, 1Lt. David J. Wax was the co-pilot of a C130E that was on a
combat mission in Phu Yen Province, South Vietnam. The C130, created by Lockheed
filled many roles in Vietnam, including transport, tanker, gunship, drone controller,
airborne battlefield command and control center, weather reconnaissance, electronic
reconnaissance, and search, rescue and recovery. This C130E was outfitted for
The aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed about 10 miles south of the city of Tuy
Hoa. 1Lt. Wax is the only man missing from the aircraft, so it is presumed that the rest
Dave Wax is listed among the missing because his remains were never found to send
home to the country he served. He died a tragically ironic death in the midst of war.
For other who are missing, however, the evidence leads not to death, but to survival.