Angstadt, Ralph Harold, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1973, MIA Vietnam
Service Years
1951 - 1966
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
Last Address
DaNang AB, RVN

Casualty Date
Oct 18, 1966
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 085

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery SquadronRescue UnitsUS Air Force
  1966-1966, 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1966-1966, 1115A, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
  1966-1973, MIA Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 My Aircraft/Missiles
HU/SU-16 Albatross  
  1965-1966, HU/SU-16 Albatross
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

He was the pilot on an HU-16 Albatross, call sign "Crown Bravo" aircraft that was performing a rescue mission of a downed pilot in the Gulf of Tonkin off North Vietnam. He was promoted up while listed as missing. He is memorialized in Honolulu; the location of his remains is unknown.
It appears that the HU-16 was on a routine SAR patrol offshore Route Package 1 in North Vietnam and that it went down due to weather conditions. What is uncontested is that seven Air Force aircrewmen were lost.
On 18 July 1973, the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death for all seven men. Their remains have not been repatriated.

Personnel in incident:
Capt Inzar W Rackley, Navigator(promoted to LTC)

TSgt Robert L Hill, Flight Mechanic(promoted to CMSgt)

SSgt John R Shoneck, Flight Mechanic(promoted to SMSgt)

Maj Ralph H Angstadt, Rescue Commander and Pilot(promoted to LTC)

A2C Steven H Adams, Pararescue Jumper(promoted to MSgt)

1Lt John H S Long, Co-pilot(promoted to Capt)

SSgt Lawrence Clark, Radio Operator(promoted to CMSgt)

There is no information on the downed airman the crew went to rescue.

All personnel MIA 


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