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 KILLED IN ACTION

 

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Park George Bunker *

Missing In Action 30 December 1970

 

Captain Park George Bunker was from Homewood, Illinois and born on 10 December 1940. He was 30 and married when he was lost. Captain Bunker was a Raven Forward Air Controller assigned to the Ambassador to Laos as part of the Steve Canyon Project. He was supporting General Vang Pao in the Barrel Roll part of Northern Laos as a civilian. Most of the fighting took place in an area known as the Plain of Jars. His body was not recovered and his name is located at 05W 014 on the Vietnam Memorial.

 

Douglas Holma Butterfield

Killed In Action 5 June 1967

 

Captain Douglas Holma Butterfield was from Vista, California and born on 30 October 1940. He was 26 and married when he died. He was a Rash Forward Air Controller assigned to the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Da Nang supporting the 1st Air Cavalry Division at An Khe. Captain Butterfield was flying a visual reconnaissance mission when his O-1G S/N 50-1640 was hit by ground fire about 5 miles from An Khe and crashed. He had four years of service and served 304 days in combat. Captain Butterfield had been an F-100 pilot and graduated from Polmar College. His body was recovered and his name is located at 21E 057 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

Robert Marion Carn Jr.

Crashed 29 August 1965

 

First Lieutenant Robert Marion Carn Jr. was from Claysburg, Pennsylvania and born on 13 February 1940. He was 25 and single when he died. Lieutenant Carn was a Red Marker Forward Air Controller assigned to the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Bien Hoa. He was an Air Force Academy graduate and was an Interceptor pilot prior to his FAC assignment. He was supporting the Vietnamese Airborne Brigade when his O-1F S/N 56-2539 collided with another FAC aircraft and crashed. Lieutenant Carn had three years of service and served 57 days in combat. His body was recovered and his name is located at 02E 069 on the Vietnam Memorial.

 John Leonard Carroll

Missing In Action 7 November 1972

 

Major John Leonard Carroll was from Decatur, Georgia and born on 6 May 1940. He was 32 and married when he was lost. Major Carroll was a Raven Forward Air Controller assigned as a civilian to the Ambassador to Laos. His work was done in the Barrel Roll area of northern Laos supporting General Vang Pao in the war against the Pathet Lao Communist forces. A lot of the flying in the Raven O-1 aircraft was done over the Plain of Jars. Major Carroll’s body was not recovered and he was declared dead. His name is located at 01W 090 on the Vietnam Memorial.

 

Richard Neil Christy II

Killed In Action 17 February 1972

 

First Lieutenant Richard Neil Christy II was from Marietta, Ohio and born on 26 April 1946. He was 25 and single when he died. He was a Sundog Forward Air Controller assigned to the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron at Cam Ranh Bay South Vietnam. He was flying an O-2A aircraft out of Tan Son Nhut Airport at Saigon over Cambodia when he was shot down. The aircraft crashed and Lt. Christy was killed while his observer, Staff Sergeant W. E. Silva, survived and was rescued. His body was recovered and his name is located at 02W 107 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

Daniel Richard Davis

Missing In Action 18 August 1969

 

Captain Daniel Richard Davis was from Atlanta, Georgia and born on 10 August 1943. He was 30 and married when he died. He was a Raven Forward Air Controller assigned to the Ambassador to Laos as a civilian. Captain Davis flew in support of General Vang Pao in the Barrel Roll area of northern Laos against the Pathet Lao Communist forces. Most of the fighting took place in an area known as the Plain of Jars. His O-1 aircraft was lost and his body was not recovered. He was declared dead on 30 March 1974. His name is located at 19W 059 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

John Everett Duffy

Missing In Action 4 April 1970

 

Captain John Everett Duffy was from Portland, Maine and born on 23 January 1946. He was 32 and single when he was lost. He was a Jake Forward Air Controller assigned to the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Da Nang. Captain Duffy was returning O-2A S/N 68-11058 to Quang Ngai and was flying Visual Reconnaissance when he reported weather problems. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft and a three-day search found nothing. The aircraft was possibly shot down near the village of Ba To 20 miles south of Quang Ngai. Captain Duffy was declared dead on 29 June 1978. His remains were eventually returned. His name is located at 12W 092 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

Charles Stephen Franco

Killed In Action 7 June 1966

 

Captain Charles Stephen Franco was from New York, New York and born on 12 June 1940. He was 25 and single when he died. Captain Franco was a Jade Forward Air Controller assigned to the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Bien Hoa. He was flying a Visual Reconnaissance mission with Captain John Charles Jacobs in O-1E S/N 55-4736 when they were lost to possible enemy action seven miles north of Vung Tau in Phuoc Tuy Province South Vietnam. He had 4 years of service and had served 112 days in combat. His body was recovered and his name is located at 08E 016 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

James Robson Gilmore Jr.

Killed In Action 2 June 1969

 

First Lieutenant James Robson Gilmore Jr. was from Columbia, South Carolina and born on 8 April 1945. He was 24 and single when he died. Lieutenant Gilmore was a Jake Forward Air Controller assigned to the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Da Nang. He was flying O-2A S/N 67-21316 on a Visual Reconnaissance Mission near Tam Ky in Quang Tin Province South Vietnam when the aircraft was hit by small arms fire and crashed in flames. Lieutenant Gilmore had one year of service and had served 97 days in combat. He grew up in an Air Force family and was initially declared missing but his body was eventually recovered. His name is located at 23W 044 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

Richard Tenney Gray

Killed In Action 5 June 1973

 

First Lieutenant Richard Tenney Gray was from Alexandria, Virginia and born on 9 February 1950. He was 23 and single when he died. Lieutenant Gray was a Nail Forward Air Controller assigned to the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB Thailand. He was shot down over Cambodia in an OV-10A S/N unknown, which was the last OV-10 lost in the war. His body was recovered and his name is located at 01W 118 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

        Charles Farrell Griffin          

Killed in Action 13 December 1968

 

Captain Charles Ferrell Griffin was from Grand Rapids, Michigan and born on 17 January 1940. He was 28 and married when he died. He was an Issue Forward Air Controller assigned to the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Bien Hoa. He and Captain Bruce Briant Greene were flying OV-10A S/N 67-14627 supporting the 24th Infantry Division when they collided with an AC-47 dropping flares from 3500 feet.  They were trying to break off a night attack by Viet Cong on an outpost six miles southeast of Truc Giang in Hua Nghia Province South Vietnam in the Mekong Delta. The OV-10 may have been hit by small arms fire but it could not be positively determined. Both aircraft tried to return to Bien Hoa but the OV-10 crashed killing both pilots and the AC-47 was scrapped after being badly damaged on landing. Captain Griffin had six years of service. His body was recovered and his name is located at 36W 016 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

Harlow Kenneth Halbower

Killed In Action 2 January 1966

 

Captain Harlow Kenneth Halbower was from Anthony, Kansas and born on 24 December 1936. He was 29 and married when he died. Captain Halbower was a Python Forward Air Controller assigned to the 19th Tactical Support Squadron at Bien Hoa. He was flying O-1F S/N 57-2889 when he was shot down by ground fire near Moc Hoa * 18 miles west of Tan Son Nhut Airport in Hua Nghia Province South Vietnam. He had six years of service and was a graduate of the first Air Force Academy class in 1959. Captain Halbower was also the first member of his class to die in Southeast Asia. His body was recovered and his name is located at 04E 050 of the Vietnam Memorial.

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Ted B. Hallenbeck

Crashed 5 February 1973

 

Captain Ted B. Hallenbeck was from Arlington, Virginia and born on 10 March 1946. He was 26 and single when he died. He was assigned to Nakhon Phanom RTAFB Thailand. Captain Hallenbeck was flying an AU-23 on a training mission, which was a piloted version of the QU-23 drone used to gather data from the sensors used in the Igloo White program on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. He and possibly a Thai Air Force pilot were killed in the crash in Thailand. His body was recovered and his name is located at 01W 115 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

Arthur Hans Hardy

Killed In Action 14 March 1972

 

Captain Arthur Hans Hardy was from Ipswich, Massachusetts and born on 7 November 1948. He was 28 and married when he died. Captain Hardy was a Covey Forward Air Controller assigned to the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB Thailand. His OV-10A S/N unknown was shot down by anti aircraft fire in Laos 20 miles northeast of Saravan. He was an Air Force Academy graduate. Captain Hardy’s body was recovered and his name is located at 02W 114 on the Vietnam Memorial.

 

Hal Kent Henderson

Crashed 2 August 1969

 

First Lieutenant Hal Kent Henderson was from Bozeman, Montana and born on 5 September 1944. He was 24 and married when he died. Lieutenant Henderson was a Forward Air Controller assigned to the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Da Nang. He was supporting the 101st Airborne Division in Quang Tin Province South Vietnam when he collided with an Army Ch-47 Chinook helicopter and both aircraft crashed killing the crews from both aircraft. Lt. Henderson served 110 days in combat. His body was recovered and his name is located at 20W 086 on the Vietnam Memorial.

 

John Herbert Haselton

Killed In Action 11 May 1972

 

First Lieutenant John Herbert Haselton was from Newport, Vermont and born on 6 March 1948. He was 24 and single when he died. Lt. Haselton was a Sundog Forward Air Controller assigned to the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron at Tan Son Nhut Airport in Saigon. He was flying O-2A S/N 68-11004 in the battle of An Loc in Binh Long Province South Vietnam and he was one of three aircraft lost to ground fire in the battle. Lt. Haselton was first listed as missing but his body was eventually recovered. He served 173 days in combat and his name is located at 01W 023 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

Paul Vernon Jackson III

Missing In Action 24 December 1972

 

Captain Paul Vernon Jackson III was from Hampton, Virginia and born on 2 September 1946. He was 26 and single when he was lost. Captain Jackson was a Raven Forward Air Controller assigned as a civilian to the Ambassador to Laos. He supported General Vang Pao in northern Laos. On Christmas Eve Captain Jackson was controlling A-7 aircraft directing them onto a gun position 10 miles southwest of the Ban Ban Valley when he pulled his O-1 up sharply in front of an A-7 and they collided. It appears he was either hit by ground fire or lost track of the fighter during the battle. Captain Jackson crashed and was reported dead by another Raven FAC. The A-7 pilot ejected safely and was imprisoned in Hanoi until the prisoners were released in 1973. His body was not recovered and his name is located at 01W 105 on the Vietnam Memorial.

  

Alva Ray Krogman

Killed In Action 17 January 1967

 

First Lieutenant Alva Ray Krogman was from Worland, Wyoming and born on 12 April 1941. He was 25 and single when he died. Lieutenant Krogman was a Nail Forward Air Controller assigned to the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB Thailand. He was flying O-1F S/N 57-2789 and controlling an air strike against a gun position near Ban Muang Angkhan in southern Laos west of the DMZ. The aircraft was hit by 37 MM anti aircraft fire and crashed a few miles away near Ban Loumpoum. He was caught in a crossfire in an area known to FACs as "The Chokes". His body was not recovered and his name is located at 14E 045 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

Harreld Pirtle Martin

Killed In Action 23 August 1968

 

Captain Harreld Pirtle Martin was from Cromwell, Kentucky and born on 8 March 1941. He was 27 and single when he died. Captain Martin was a Lopez Forward Air Controller assigned to the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Da Nang. He was an O-2A FAC who was killed on the ground in Quang Nam Province South Vietnam. Although many FACs were subject to rocket, mortar or artillery fire on a regular basis few lost their lives because of it. Captain Martin had six years of service and served in combat 207 days. His body was recovered and his name is located at 47W 048.

 

Mark Allan Peterson

Missing In Action 27 January 1973

 

Captain Mark Allan Peterson was from Canton, Ohio and born on 14 May 1949. He was 30 and single when he died, Captain Peterson was a Nail Forward Air Controller assigned to the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB Thailand. He and Captain George William Morris Jr. were flying OV-10A S/N 68-3806 when they were diverted to a Search and Rescue mission for an F-4 that went down near Quang Tri. As they approached the site at 6,000 feet they were hit by an SA-7 missile and ejected safely. Observers saw two good parachutes and one of the F-4 crew that survived as a POW reported that he saw about 30 Viet Cong firing at the parachutes as they came down. Lt. Peterson made contact on his survival radio but Captain Morris was never contacted. The continuing rescue attempt failed and they were listed as missing. Their bodies were not recovered and they were the last combat loss in South Vietnam before the final cease-fire. Captain Peterson was an Air Force Academy graduate. He was declared dead and his name is located at 01W 112 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

Robert F. Rex

Missing In Action 9 March 1969

 

Captain Robert F. Rex was from Odebolt, Iowa and born on 28 November 1941. He was 27 and single when he died. Captain Rex was a Nail Forward Air Controller assigned to the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB Thailand. He and Staff Sergeant Tim Leroy Walters US Army were flying O-2A S/N 67-21425 on a Prairie Fire mission supporting a reconnaissance team near Ban Nathon 10 miles west of the DMZ when they were shot down by ground fire. A ground team inspected the wreckage but was unable to recover the bodies due to enemy action. Sgt. Walters’ remains were eventually returned but not those of Captain Rex. He had four years of service and his name is located at 30W 095 on the Vietnam Memorial.

 

Robert Edward Ryan Jr.

Killed In Action 30 October 1971

 

First Lieutenant Robert Edward Ryan Jr. was from Hingham, Massachusetts and born on 5 August 1947. He was 24 and married when he died. 1st Lt. Ryan was a Nail Forward Air Controller assigned to the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB Thailand. He was flying O-2A S/N 67-21439 near Savannakhet in southern Laos when he was hit by ground fire and crashed. His body was recovered and he served 260 days in combat. His name is located at 02W 056 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

John Leslie Ryder

Missing In Action 9 June 1970

 

Captain John Leslie Ryder was from Chisholm, Minnesota and born on 5 July 1946. He was 29 and married when he was declared dead on 2 June 1976. Captain Ryder was a Mike Forward Air Controller assigned to the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron at Cam Ranh Bay. He and Captain Barry Wayne Hilbrick US Army Special Forces took off from Pleiku for Ben Het in O-1F S/N 57-2890. The plan was to fly a Visual Reconnaissance mission and eventually land at Dak Seng Camp. However the weather was poor and they failed to maintain radio contact. A search could not be conducted until the next day. Their bodies were not recovered. He was promoted while missing and his name is located at 09W 035 on the Vietnam Memorial.

 

John Michael Rydlewicz

Killed In Action 12 August 1971

 

First Lieutenant John Michael Rydlewicz was from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and born on 19 April 1947. He was 24 and married when he died. Lt. Rydlewicz was a Rash Forward Air Controller assigned to the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Bien Hoa. He was flying OV-10A S/N 67-14662 when he was shot down 15 miles northwest of Xa Phan Thiet in Binh Thuy Province South Vietnam. He earned the Purple Heart and the Air Medal. His body was recovered and his name is located at 03W 130.

 

Thomas Andrew Sanders

Crashed 7 July 1965

 

First Lieutenant Thomas Andrew Sanders was from Massapequa, New York and born on 10 February 1939. He was 26 and married when he died. 1st Lt. Sanders was assigned to the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Bien Hoa. He was flying O-1F S/N 57-2944 and crashed on take off in Khanh Hoa Province South Vietnam. Lt. Sanders was killed but the other crewman survived. His body was recovered and his name is located at 02E 030 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

James Leonard Smith

Killed In Action 28 December 1970

 

Captain James Leonard Smith was from Larsen, Wisconsin and born on 11 February 1944. He was 26 and single when he died. Captain Smith was a Covey Forward Air Controller assigned to the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Da Nang. He and his Observer, Staff Sergeant Roger Lynn Teeter US Army Special Forces, were flying OV-10A S/N 67-14661 in the Steel Tiger area of southern Laos supporting a reconnaissance team. The aircraft was thought to have been hit by anti aircraft fire near Ban Bamran just west of the DMZ and they died in the crash. Captain Smith was serving his second Vietnam tour and had served 176 days in combat on his second tour. Their bodies were recovered and Captain Smith’s name is located at 05W 013 on the Vietnam Memorial.

 

Kennard Errol Svanoe

Killed In Action 2 June 1969

First Lieutenant Kennard Errol Svanoe was from Fremont, Ohio and born on 29 March 1945. He was 24 and single when he died. He was a Covey Forward Air Controller assigned to the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Da Nang. He was further assigned to Chu Lai at LZ Bayonet. He was flying O-2A S/N 67-21319 with Captain Jackie L. Dickens when it was shot down 20 miles northwest of Da Nang in Thua Thien Province South Vietnam. They were supporting the 101st Airborne Division. Lt. Svanoe had 1 year of service and served 49 days in combat. His body was recovered and his name is located at 23W 048 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

George Henry Tousley III

Crashed 8 February 1972

 

Captain George Henry Tousley III was from Florissant, Missouri and born on 9 August 1947. He was 24 and single when he died. Captain Tousley was a Raven Forward Air Controller assigned to the Ambassador to Laos as a civilian. He flew the O-1 aircraft in the Barrel Roll area of northern Laos in support of General Vang Pao against the Pathet Lao and NVA forces. Most of the fighting took place in an area known as the Plain of Jars. Captain Tousley had served 263 days in combat when he crashed. His body was recovered and his name is located at 02W 105 on the Vietnam Memorial. 

 

Willis Grant Uhls

Killed In Action 11 February 1971

 

Captain Willis Grant Uhls was from Spear Fish, South Dakota and born on 26 November 1946. He was 24 and single when he died. Captain Uhls was a Raven Forward Air Controller assigned to the Ambassador to Laos as a civilian. He flew the O-1 aircraft in the Barrel Roll area of northern Laos in support of General Vang Pao against the Pathet Lao and NVA forces. Most of the fighting took place in an area known as the Plain of Jars. Captain Uhls had served 79 days in combat when he was killed. His body was recovered and his name is located at 05W 098 on the Vietnam Memorial.

 

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