Acher, Robert Paul, II, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 14th Special Operations Wing
Service Years
1965 - 1969
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Nha Trang AB, South Vietnam

Casualty Date
Sep 01, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
South Park Cemetery - Greensburg, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
18W 018

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
4th Special Operations Squadron14th Special Operations Wing
  1969-1969, 1115A, 4th Special Operations Squadron
  1969-1969, 14th Special Operations Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Northwestern UniversityIndiana University
  1961-1963, Northwestern University
  1963-1965, Indiana University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AC-47 Spooky/Puff  
  1969-1969, AC-47 Spooky/Puff
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


On 01 Sep 1969 an AC-47D "Spooky" gunship (tail number 43-49021) from the 4th Special Operations Squadron, 14th Special Operations Wing departed Bien Hoa Air Base on a night patrol. During the flight the aircraft was directed to support friendly troops whose position was under attack about 20 miles east of Bien Hoa. While on station the AC-47 was hit in the starboard wing and crashed, killing the eight crewmen:
AC-47 #43-49021 was the last of 19 AC-47Ds lost during the war


It has been 38 years since we lost Robert to the disregard of life inherent in armed human conflict. He was always a brave man but like most brave men faced wiith real danger, engaged the danger knowing fear, wanting to live, but willing to act because of who he was inside. I have always imagined when thinking about loosing my brother how immediate it all must have been making the decision with his crew to fly back into the storm of battle to aid soldiers fighting for their lives. I wish I knew what their words were to each other as they re-engageed after they were almost safely back to base, having survived another mission. Robert died on my first day of medical school. He would have become a physician like our father had he survived the war. I miss who he was and who he would have been if he had lived. I miss the conversations we would have had and the family he and his wife Sheila would have raised. I miss that my children know him only through my stories. I miss his physical presence in my life and what life might have been like if he were here. He was and always wil be my brother.
Posted by: Charles Acher
Relationship: He is my brother
Thursday, August 23, 2007

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