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Emmett Somers Orr, TSgt., USAF (KIA)February 19, 1931 – October 10, 1968
Emmett S. Orr, was a member of a five man HH-43B helicopter crew that crashed on Oct. 10, 1968.
The Crew:MAJ Donald Ray Brooks, Pilot.CPT Von Miles Liebernecht, Co-Pilot.SSG Milard Luther Euigene “Luke” Bledsoe, Crew Chief.TSGT Angel Luna, Medic.TSGT Emmett Somers Orr.
Published: The Leader-Press, Springfield, MO, Tues., Oct. 15, 1968, p. 13, Col. 8.
Rescuer Dies In War ZoneService Thursday For Sgt. Orr, 37
An Ozarks father of three has been reported killed while serving with a rescue team aboard a helicopter in the Vietnam war zone. Staff Sgt. Emmett S. Orr, 37, was killed Thursday while on a rescue mission, according to word received by his wife, Patricia Ann, at the Route 3, Rogersville, home. A 14-year veteran with the Air Force, Sgt. Orr was the father of two sons, William Emmett and John Michael, and one daughter, Ann Elizabeth, all of the Rogersville residence. Other survivors include his mother, Mrs. Emmett A. Orr, of Ashland, Ky., and one sister, Mrs. John Rutherford, New York City. Sgt. Orr was a graduate of Ashland (Ky.) Junior College, attended University of Kentucky, and received his degree at Delta State University at Greenwood, Miss. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in National Cemetery, with full military rites performed by Whiteman AFB, Sedalia. Burial will be under the direction of Herman Lohmeyer.
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