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A/2c Kenneth Leroy Gage, a member of the 6132nd Tactical Control Squadron, was taken Prisoner of War while engaged with the enemy in Korea on November 28, 1950. It is reported on the POW/MIA record that he died on March 3, 1951 as a Prisoner of War. Broadcasts from Peking Radio state he died February 15, 1951. Remains were not recovered.
He enlisted on 26 November 1948.
Note: At the time of the Korean War, the existing doctrine was that the tactical air force unit would furnish Tactical Air Control Parties (TACP) to act as the forward element to control air strikes from forward observation posts. Accordingly, the 502nd Tactical Control Group established radio jeep teams. These teams, based on World War II doctrine, usually consisted of an experienced pilot as controller, an enlisted radio maintenance technician, and an enlisted driver who could be either vehicle maintenance or radio operator. There was no set number of allocations, so 502nd assigned one team to each U.S. Infantry Regiment and higher headquarters. One each was assigned to each Republic of Korea (ROK) division or corps.
Problems were noticed immediately. The AN/ARC-1 radio unit were jolted out of alignment and working order by the terrain traversed. In addition, the only sure way to see the enemy and the target was to expose the jeep and personnel as there was no remoting feature with the radio. This action usually brought hostile fire. With these limitations imposed on the the jeep teams, the growing use of airborne Forward Air Controllers (FACs) became the standard for air strike support.
I was assigned to the 6132nd AC&W Squadron 1950-1951. After a brief stint as TACP for 7th Infantry Division (G-3), I was assigned to a Tactical Air Direction Post ("Tadpole") radar site used for ground-directed bombing. In late 1951, I was transferred to the 606th AC&W Squadron and assigned to their Tadpole site. I participated in the establishment of a new Tadpole site and remained there until I returned to the U.S. in 1952.
As I was in the field my entire tour, I never became acquainted with any of the TACPs or personnel at the main radar site at Tageu.