Codding, Ray Edwin, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 377th Air Base Wing
Service Years
1942 - 1968
Lieutenant Colonel

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt Stephen Willcox-Deceased to remember Codding, Ray Edwin ("Ed"), Lt Col.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Denver, CO
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut Air Base

Casualty Date
Oct 21, 1968
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Darlac (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Oakland Hills Memorial - Detroit, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
40W 010

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 Unit Assignments
Army National Guard (ARNG)United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)834th Air Division377th Combat Support Group - Quick Turners
377th Air Base Wing
  1942-1945, Army National Guard (ARNG)
  1946-1947, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1967-1968, 834th Air Division
  1967-1968, 377th Combat Support Group - Quick Turners
  1967-1968, 377th Air Base Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1967-1968 Vietnam War2
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-123 Provider  C-130 Hercules  C-7 Caribou  T-38 Talon  
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
  1967-1968, C-123 Provider
  1967-1968, C-130 Hercules
  1967-1968, C-7 Caribou
  1967-1968, T-38 Talon
  1968-1968, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Aircraft AC-47 #45-0934
Enroute Hong Kong w/R&R Personnel
21 servicemen, 2 civilians (17 assigned to Det 1, 460th TRW)
Port engine failed, went into mountainside at 2300 ft level"  Source:

"C-47 crash 11 km ssw of Ban Me Thuot" Source:

"Date: Oct 21, 1968
Aircraft: AC 47
Tail Number: 45-0934
Location: 30 miles south of Ban Me Thuot in Darlac Province, Sourth Vietnam. The aircraft, which belonged to the 460th Tac Recon Wing at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, was enroute Hong Kong via Danang, carrying a load of R&R personnel. While enroute the pilot declared an emergency, stating that the port engine had failed and that the propeller would not feather. He requested and received vectors for an emergency landing at Ban Me Thuot, but instead hit a mountainside at the 2300 foot level."
Note: Lt. Col. Codding is credited with 26 years of service (Vietnam War: U.S. Military Casualties, 1956-1998,, beginning service in the Oklahoma National Guard and in 1946 enlisting  at Tinker Field in Oklahoma City in the Air Corps on 26 Feb 1946 as a Master Sergeant (U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, 

Liz Codding provided the following information regarding Lt. Col. Codding's Air Force career:

"Edwin or Ray E Codding was a career military officer. He was a command pilot with 10,000 hours to his credit, and had more than 25 years military service. He received his Pilot's Wings at Pampa, TX, in the spring of 1944. He was stationed at Panama 2 yrs, Athens, Greece, Weisbaten, Germany, and Rhein-Mein, Germany. He was assigned in the personnel office at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. for 2 and 1/2 years and later became Deputy Personnel Officer for the Air Force Logistic Command at Wright Patterson Air Force Base at Dayton, Ohio. His last permanent assignment was at Tinker Air Force Base for 1 year prior to his assignment in Viet Nam.The first 13 yrs were in Personnel Administration, the remaining years were spent in aircraft operations..."

Note: Liz Codding also provided a listing of Lt. Col. Codding's breast insignia decorations as reflected on the right panel of this profile

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