Walker, Bruce Charles, Capt Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Unit
1972-1972, 1115A, 504th Tactical Air Control Group
Service Years
1969 - 1972
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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1946
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Pueblo
Last Address
Danang Air Base

Casualty Date
Apr 07, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Tri
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02W 133

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 Unit Assignments
20th Tactical Air Support Squadron504th Tactical Air Control Group
  1972-1972, 1115A, 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1972-1972, 1115A, 504th Tactical Air Control Group
 Colleges Attended 
  1964-1968, University of Southern Colorado
 My Aircraft/Missiles
OV-10 Bronco  
  1972-1972, OV-10 Bronco
 Combat and Operations History
  1945-1991 Cold War Era
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Last Known Activity
 Source: http://www.fac-assoc.org/memorial/memorial02a.html#S

Captain Walker was a Covey Forward Air Controller assigned to the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Da Nang. He and First Lieutenant Larry Fletcher Potts USMC were flying OV-10A S/N 68-3280 just south of the DMZ when they were hit by a Surface to Air Missile and crashed three miles northwest of Dong Ha in Quang Tri Province South Vietnam.

The missile was one of 83 SAMs seen on this day in the DMZ area. Both aircrews successfully ejected and Captain Walker evaded capture for 11 days. He used his survival radio to control air strikes on camouflaged enemy positions. Another survival kit was dropped to him and he was given directions for rescue. His last radio transmission was to warn rescue aircraft to abort the pick up. He was last seen in a ditch surrounded by about 20 NVA soldiers who were clearly heard during his radio transmission.

Lt. Potts was shot down on his 25th birthday, captured and died of wounds in Quang Binh prison. Captain Walker was promoted while missing and his body was not recovered.
   
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