Carn, Robert Marion, Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 1115A, 504th Tactical Air Control Group
Service Years
1962 - 1965
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1940
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Claysburg
Last Address
Bien Hoa AB

Casualty Date
Aug 29, 1965
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Khanh Hoa (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
2E 069

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Association of Graduates USAFAVietnam Veterans Memorial
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  1965, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments
75th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron19th Tactical Air Support Squadron504th Tactical Air Control Group
  1964-1965, 1115A, 75th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1965-1965, 1115A, 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1965-1965, 1115A, 504th Tactical Air Control Group
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  1964-1965 Vietnam War
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O-1/L-19 Bird Dog  
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Last Known Activity

1st Lt Robert M. Carn was a RED MARKER FAC working with Advisory Det. 162, MACV Advisors,
in support of the ARVN Airborne Brigade.

Lt. Carn was lost while he was assigned as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) to the Vietnamese Airborne Brigade.

This airborne unit was the top high-mobility reaction force in the Vietnamese Armed Forces. US Air Force Forward Air Controllers assigned to the VN Airborne Division were a unique extension of the USAF Air Power doctrine. They served as both Advisors to the Vietnamese and also personally applied Close Air Support (CAS) air strikes against insurgents and other enemy units that threatened the ground forces of the VN Airborne Division. Bob flew the O-1 using the call sign "Red Marker 3".

In late August 1965, the Vietnamese Airborne Brigade was airlifted to Nha Trang where they would convoy north along the coast to Highway 21 and then inland through the coastal mountains to the central highlands toward Ban Me Thout. The operation was to open the road and search out Viet Cong main force units that were reported in the area. For 17 days the road was patrolled to protect supply convoys and in expanding small unit sweeps to find VC units. No significant contact was made during the operation.

Lt. Carn was inbound to the temporary airstrip built for the Airborne Division Headquarters to relieve Red Marker 2, when his O-1F (tail number 56-2530) collided with a Province FAC also doing Visual Reconnaissance in the area. Lt. Carn's O-1 went down. The other aircraft was able to make an emergency landing at the Airborne's small strip.

Lt. Carn was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in Section 6, Site 9109-F.

Source:
Red Marker FAC site
http://www.redmarkerfacs.com/
Gary N. Willis, Red Markers: Close Air Support for the Vietnamese Airborne, 1962-1975, 2013.

 

   
Comments/Citation
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--------- Mike, Here's a few more pics of one of today's Lest We Forget profiles, Lt. Carn. I got these from another Red Marker FAC on the FACNET Yahoo group I belong to. Hope you can use them. Comments by Gene Mc Cutchan are below as well. Cheers, Rog Hamann Rustic Yankee / FAC GIB Ubon RTAFB 1971-72 Welcome to the Rustic Homepage From: llkvfly@yahoo.com Reply-to: FACNET@yahoogroups.com To: FACNET@yahoogroups.com CC: rusticyankee72@aol.com Sent: 8/29/2009 2:02:44 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time Subj: [FACNET] Non FAC - Pictures of Lt Carn, Aug i965..... Red Marker Rog; Lt Carn is receiving Vietnamese decorations, the Gallantry Cross. In the first picture he is the third from the left, bottom row. I think the Vietnamese General presenting the medal is Big Minh, but not sure. I go to a Vietnamese Reunion the end of September and can find out if this is important. Let me know. Gene Mc Cutchan Red Marker62-67
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28 Nov 2002

1st Lt Robert M. Carn
was a
RED MARKER FAC
working with Advisory Det. 162, MACV Advisors,
in support of the
ARVN Airborne Brigade.

Lt. Carn was lost while he was assigned as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) to the Vietnamese Airborne Brigade (soon to become the Airborne Division). This airborne unit was the top high-mobility reaction force in the Vietnamese Armed Forces. US Air Force Forward Air Controllers assigned to the VN Airborne Div were a unique extension of the USAF Air Power doctrine. They served as both Advisors to the Vietnamese and also personally applied Close Air Support (CAS) air strikes against insurgents and other enemy units that threatened the ground forces of the VN Airborne Division. Bob flew the O-1 aircraft using the call sign "Red Marker 3".

In late August 1965 the VN Airborne Brigade was airlifted to Nah Trang where they would convoy north along the coast to Highway 21 and then inland through the coastal mountains to the central highlands toward Ban Me Thout. The operation was to open the road and search out Viet Cong main force units that were reported in the area. For 17 days the road was patrolled to protect supply convoys and in expanding small unit sweeps to find VC units. No significant contact was made during the operation.

Lt. Carn was inbound to the temporary airstrip built for the Abn Div Headquarters to relieve Red Marker 2, when his O-1F (tail number 56-2530) collided with a Province FAC also doing Visual Reconnaissance in the area. Lt. Carn's O-1 went down. The other aircraft was able to make an emergency landing at the Airborne's small strip.

Visit the
Red Marker FAC site

J. S. Granducci, II
a fellow Red Marker FAC
joegtoo@aol.com

 

   
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