Apodaca, Victor Joe, Jr., Maj

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Major
Primary Unit
1967-1973, MIA Vietnam
Service Years
1961 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia
Major

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1937
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Englewood, Colorado
Last Address
DaNang AB, RVN


Casualty Date
Jun 08, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
US Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Association of Graduates USAFAVietnam Veterans MemorialAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  1961, Association of Graduates USAFA
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2001, American Battle Monuments Commission

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Aviator (Basic)


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
School Assignments3641st Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)4453rd Combat Crew Training Wing (Staff)366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - ThunderboltsUS Air Force
  1961-1962, 1021A, Department of the Air Force, Pentagon
  1963-1966, 1351A, 3641st Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1966-1966, 1021A, 4453rd Combat Crew Training Wing (Staff)
  1967-1967, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
  1967-1967, 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
  1967-1973, MIA Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
University of ColoradoUnited States Air Force Academy
  1955-1957, University of Colorado
  1957-1961, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1967-1967, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was of Navajo ethnicity and was the first Native American graduate of the USAFA. He was flying an F-4C on Jun 8, 1967, approx 22 miles NE of Dong Hoi, North Vietnam, when he was hit by AAA. He and his backseater, Captain Jon T. Busch, were not heard from again.
His remains were repatriated in 2001.   
   
Comments/Citation
Sources:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9255048
   
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