McComb, Randy Steven, SMSgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Senior Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
92390-Pararescue/Recovery Superintendent
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew Protection
Primary Unit
1982-1983, Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service/HQ Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service
Service Years
1966 - 1983
Senior Master Sergeant

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Houston, Texas; Seattle, Washington
Last Address
Scott AFB, Illinois

Date of Passing
Nov 19, 1983
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Burial Unknown

 Official Badges 

Pararescuer


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
In the Line of Duty
  2014, In the Line of Duty


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He served 2 tours as a Pararescueman in the VietNam war and was on the Son Tay Raid Nov 20-21, 1970. He died in 1983 while on active duty. The location of his remains is unknown.

His Silver Star citations:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Airman Second Class Randy S. McComb, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Pararescue Specialist on an unarmed HH-3E rescue helicopter near Nam Dinh, North Vietnam on 18 July 1967. On that date, Airman McComb penetrated deep into hostile territory to recover a downed United States Navy pilot. While being subjected to an intense barrage of automatic weapons fire, he deliberately exposed himself in order to assist in locating and retrieving the survivor. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Second Class McComb has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 18-Jul-67

Service: Air Force

Rank: Airman Second Class

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Randy S. McComb, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during the Prisoner of War Search and Rescue Operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Sergeant McComb performed aircrew duties on the lead aircraft of the force penetrating deep into enemy territory in the attempted rescue effort. Completely aware of the enemy anti-aircraft and surface-to-air missile threats en route and in the objective area, Sergeant McComb totally disregarded his personal safety and skillfully performed his duties which significantly contributed to effective control of the entire force. As a result of Sergeant McComb's heroic efforts, the force arrived at Son Tay as planned, the enemy forces were completely surprised, and the mission was successfully completed. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Second Class McComb has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 21-Nov-70

Service: Air Force

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Division: Son Tay Volunteer Task Force

 

   
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 Unit Assignments
Rescue Units37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron55th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
33rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron1550th Technical Training Squadron67th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery SquadronAerospace Rescue and Recovery Service/HQ Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service
  1967-1967, 115X0, 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing/39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing, Detachment 2
  1967-1968, 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing/39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing Detachment 1
  1968-1970, 55th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1970-1971, 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1972-1974, 33rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1974-1978, 75173, 1550th Technical Training Squadron
  1980-1982, 67th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1982-1983, Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service/HQ Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War
  1970-1970 Vietnam War - Southwest Monsoon Campaign (1970)/Operation Kingpin (Son Tay Prison Raid)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
HU/SU-16 Albatross  HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)  HH-3/CH-3E  Jolly Green Giant  HC-130 Hercules  
HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)  HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)  HH-3/CH-3E  Jolly Green Giant  HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)  
UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)  MH-53J/M  Pave Low  
  1967-1967, HU/SU-16 Albatross
  1967-1968, HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)
  1967-1970, HH-3/CH-3E Jolly Green Giant
  1967-1974, HC-130 Hercules
  1970-1971, HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)
  1972-1972, HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)
  1972-1974, HH-3/CH-3E Jolly Green Giant
  1974-1975, HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)
  1974-1980, UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)
  1980-1982, MH-53J/M Pave Low
  1980-1982, HC-130 Hercules
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