Belcher, Robert Arthur, Maj

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Primary Unit
1969-1969, 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
Service Years
1959 - 1969
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Baton Rouge
Last Address
Danang Air Base

Casualty Date
Mar 28, 1969
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W 065

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  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
  1969-1969, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
  1969-1969, 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1969-1969, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Source: (edited)

On 28 March 1969, Major Robert A. Belcher, pilot, and 1st Lt. Michael A. Miller, co-pilot, aboard their F-4D (serial #66-8764) departed DaNang Airbase at 1615 hours in a flight of two. The Phantoms were conducting a strike mission against an NVA mortar site and associated bunkers located in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) buffer zone approximately 5 miles south of the city of Bo Ho Su, Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.

Guided by FAC pilots, Major Belcher and 1st Lt. Miller initiated a low-level ordnance delivery pass on their target, the Phantom was struck by intense small arms and automatic weapons fire. The aircraft was observed to pass directly below the FAC in a 25 to 30 degree dive before it crashed and exploded on impact on a heavily forested ridge in rugged mountains roughly 300 feet south of the Khe Pava River and 2 miles southwest of Lang Cam village. The village was located on the northern edge of a small grass covered valley just east of the ridge. The crash site was also located 14 miles east of the South Vietnamese/Lao border, 15 miles west-northwest of Cam Lo, 16 miles north of Khe Sanh and 21 miles west of Dong Ha.

They were listed as MIA.
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