Baldwin, Robert Lanoue, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1325H-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 20th Helicopter Squadron - Pony Express/Green Hornets
Service Years
1955 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia
Major

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Home Country
Congo, Democratic Rep.
Congo, Democratic Rep.
Year of Birth
1933
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tomah, Wisconsin
Last Address
Nha Trang AB, VietNam
(or possibly Udorn RTAFB, Thailand)

Casualty Date
Mar 31, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
17E 077

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US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal


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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Army National Guard (ARNG)Air Force Reserve Command School AssignmentsAir Training Command
1st Fighter GroupOperations UnitsAir Force Test Pilot SchoolEdwards Air Force Base
606th Air Commando Squadron20th Helicopter Squadron - Pony Express/Green Hornets
  1949-1950, Army National Guard (ARNG)
  1955-1956, Air Force Reserve Command
  1956-1957, Pilot Training Class (Unknown)
  1957-1958, Air Training Command
  1958-1960, 1st Fighter Group
  1958-1960, 1st Operations Squadron
  1960-1961, Air Force Test Pilot School
  1961-1966, Edwards Air Force Base
  1966-1967, 606th Air Commando Squadron
  1967-1967, 20th Helicopter Squadron - Pony Express/Green Hornets
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1973 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 My Aircraft/Missiles
H-19 Chickasaw  UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)  
  1958-1960, H-19 Chickasaw
  1966-1967, UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was born in the then Belgian Congo but called Wisconsin his home state. While on a mission to resupply a special ops team, his aircraft was hit by hostile fire while hovering. He was killed and the co-pilot was wounded by 12.7 mm rounds and the co-pilot was unable to stop the helicopter from crashing. The rest of Maj. Baldwin's crew were saved by the special ops team. He is buried in Section I Site 24 at Fort Rosecrans. 

His AF Cross citation:
Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Major Robert Lanoue Baldwin, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a UH-1 pilot in E Flight, 20th Special Operations Squadron, 14th Special Operations Wing, in action in the Republic of Vietnam on 31 March 1967. On that date, Major Baldwin volunteered to pilot his unarmed helicopter to evacuate severely wounded American ground troops under heavy hostile fire. Despite intense and accurately directed automatic weapons fire which severely damaged his aircraft and inflicted serious wounds upon his person, Major Baldwin, with undaunted determination, indomitable courage, and professional skill, successfully delivered ammunition and water to the beleaguered ground forces and began rescue of wounded personnel. Again devastating ground fire struck his aircraft, causing it to crash. Disregarding his own serious wounds, Major Baldwin attempted to save the other wounded until his loss of consciousness prevented any further action. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major Baldwin reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: March 31, 1967

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major

Company: E Flight, 20th Special Operations Squadron

Regiment: 14th Special Operations Wing




 

 
 

 
   
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Sources:
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1142
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3385905
http://thewall-usa.com/info.asp?recid=2134

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