Kemmerer, Donald Richard, Maj Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Last Unit
1965-1967, United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
Service Years
- 1967
Major

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1941
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Quakertown
Last Address
Quakertown

Casualty Date
Aug 06, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Vietnam, North
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 083

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 Unit Assignments
390th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Wild Boars366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters7th Air ForceUnited States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
  1965-1967, 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Wild Boars
  1965-1967, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
  1965-1967, 7th Air Force
  1965-1967, United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1965-1967, F-4 Phantom
 Combat and Operations History
  1965-1975 Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
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Last Known Activity

On 06 August 1967, Captain Albert L. Page, Jr., pilot, and then Captain Donald R. Kemmerer, co-pilot, comprised the crew of an F4C that departed DaNang Airbase on a morning strike mission over the southern portion of North Vietnam codenamed "Tally Ho." Their aircraft was the lead in a flight of two.

Upon arriving in the target area, Capt. Page established radio contact with the Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center (ABCCC) directing all air operations in the region. After providing the flight with currant mission information, the ABCCC handed the flight over to the on-site Forward Air Controller (FAC) who was responsible for directing their strike mission. Shortly thereafter, the FAC cleared the Phantoms to attack a specific target.

At 0955 hours, the flight made a pass on the enemy target when the lead aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) fire. The wingman observed one engine on fire as lead pulled off target. As Capt. Page turned the crippled Phantom toward the sea where the crew would have a greater opportunity for rescue, he transmitted they were ejecting. At the time that transmission was made, Lead's position was still near the target area and over land.

By the time the ejection sequence had been completed, the aircraft was over water and it was seen to crash into the Gulf of Tonkin approximately 4 miles northeast of the shoreline, 10 miles north of the city of Vinh Linh, 12 miles north of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separated North and South Vietnam and 30 miles southeast of Dong Hoi, Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam.

In the chaos of battle, no parachutes were seen and no emergency beeper signals heard. Because the location of loss was in close proximity to a heavy concentration of enemy troops on land and sampans in the water, no search and recovery (SAR) operation was possible. At the time the wingman's initial search was terminated, Albert Page and Donald Kemmerer were immediately declared Missing in Action.

 
 

   
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