Brims, Richard Cullen, Maj

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1973-1975, 21st Special Operations Squadron - Dust Devils
Service Years
1965 - 1986
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Contact Info
Home Town
Austin, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona
Last Address
Niceville, Florida

Date of Passing
May 21, 1986
Location of Interment
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 006 Row A Plot 030

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In the Line of Duty
  2016, In the Line of Duty

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Last Known Activity
  Then Major Brims was killed in an HH-53H accident during exercise Elated Cyclone in the Nevada test range on May 21, 1986. He was engaged in testing the limits of the 53H helicopter and crew. The aircraft impacted the ridgeline at night during formation approach at Exercise "Elated Cyclone" near Nellis AFB, Nevada.  
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His Air Force Cross Citation:
"The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Richard C. Brims, First Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an HH-53 Helicopter Aircraft Commander of the 21st Special Operations Squadron, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand. SEVENTH Air Force, in action on 15 May 1975, at Koh Tang Island, Cambodia. On that date, while engaged in the recovery of the S.S. MAYAGUEZ and crew, Lieutenant Brims successfully landed United States Marines on Koh Tang Island despite overwhelming ground fire. Prior to leaving the island, Lieutenant Brims held his position against heavy ground fire and managed to extract five seriously wounded Marines. He then twice flew his aircraft into intense ground fire, successfully removing remaining groups of United States Marines. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Lieutenant Brims reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force."

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 Unit Assignments
Air Training Command39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron21st Special Operations Squadron - Dust Devils
  1971-1972, Air Training Command
  1972-1973, 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing
  1972-1973, 48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1973-1975, 21st Special Operations Squadron - Dust Devils
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1975-1975 Mayaguez Incident (Cambodia)
  1986-1986 Training Exercise - Elated Cyclone '862
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force Academy
  1967-1971, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)  HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)  MH-53J/M  Pave Low  
  1972-1973, UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)
  1972-1986, HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)
  1986-1986, MH-53J/M Pave Low
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