Alberton, Bobby Joe, CMSgt

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Last Rank
Chief Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43171E-Aircraft Engine Specialist
Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1966-1978, MIA Vietnam
Service Years
1955 - 1966
Chief Master Sergeant

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1937
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Anaheim, California
Last Address
Clark AB, Philippines/Da Nang AB, RVN

Casualty Date
May 31, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07E 126

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 Unit Assignments
61st Troop Carrier SquadronUS Air Force
  1965-1966, 61st Troop Carrier Squadron
  1965-1966, 64th Troop Carrier Wing
  1966-1978, MIA Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-130 Hercules  
  1965-1966, C-130 Hercules
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Last Known Activity


On 31 May 1966, Major Thomas Case, pilot; 1st Lt. Harold J. Zook, co-pilot; 1st Lt. William "Rocky" Edmondson, navigator; Capt. Emmett R. McDonald, navigator; 1st Lt. Armon D. Shingledecker, navigator; then SSgt. Bobby J. Alberton, flight engineer; A1C Elroy E. Harworth, loadmaster; and A1C Philip J. Stickney, loadmaster; comprised one of these specially trained aircrews. Their call sign was "Radium 1." The C130E (serial #64-0511) was on a classified mission to drop a specially designed weapon on the Ham Rong Bridge located on the northeast edge of Thanh Hoa, North Vietnam. The mission identifier was "Carolina Moon." The C130 departed DaNang at 0110 hours and flew north to rendezvous with a flight of F4Cs that were assigned to the same mission. Weather conditions in the target area included a few thin scattered clouds with moonlight. Visibility was 7 nautical miles.

The plan necessitated two C130 aircraft dropping the weapon, a rather large pancake-shaped affair 8 feet in diameter, 2 1/2 feet thick and weighing 5,000 pounds. The C130's would fly below 500 feet to evade radar along a 43-mile route making the C130 vulnerable to enemy attack for about 17 minutes. They would drop the mines into the river upstream and they would float down the Song Ma River where they would pass under the Dragon's Jaw, and detonate when sensors in the bomb detected the metal of the bridge structure. Because the slow-moving C130's would need protection, F4 Phantoms would fly a diversionary attack to the south of the C130's drop point, using flares and bombs on the highway just before the C130 made its delivery. The F4s were to enter their target area at 300 feet, attack at 50 feet and pull off the target back to 300 feet for subsequent attacks.

Additionally, an EB66 was tasked to jam the enemy radar in the area during the attack period. The first C130 was flown by Maj. Richard T. Remers and the second by Maj. Thomas F. Case, both of whom had been through extensive training for this mission at Eglin AFB, Florida and had been deployed to Vietnam only 2 weeks before. Ten mass-focus weapons were provided, allowing for a second mission should the first fail to accomplish the desired results.

TASK FORCE OMEGA lists CMSgt. Alberton as serving with the 62nd TCW and not the 64th TCW. He was promoted through the ranks while listed as missing. He was declared dead Jan 9, 1978. The location of his remains is unknown.

 

   
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