Ducat, Bruce Chalmers, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115R-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
Service Years
1963 - 1966
Major

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1941
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Troy
Last Address
Bethesda, Maryland

Casualty Date
Dec 02, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
13E 004

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 Unit Assignments
7th Air Force389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
  1966-1966, 1555C, 7th Air Force
  1966-1966, 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
  1966-1966, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1965-1966, F-4 Phantom
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Last Known Activity
Major Ducat lived in Troy, New York and graduated from Troy High School in 1959. He and his family spent two years in Burma during his youth where his father served with as part of a U.S. Technical Aid Mission, returning in 1956.

Prior to being stationed in Vietnam, he had served at Holloman AFB, New Mexico.

Source: http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/d/d039.htm (edited)

Maj. Donald R. Burns, pilot, and 1Lt. Bruce C. Ducat the weapons/systems operator of an F4C were on a combat mission over North Vietnam when they were shot down about 40 miles northwest of Hanoi and both men were captured by the North Vietnamese.

Major Burns returned home at the end of the war, but Lt. Ducat's remains were only returned in 1977. On March 18, 1977, the Vietnamese "discovered" and returned his remains

An additional note ... is the statement that "1st Lieutenant Ducat was allegedly shot and killed by the North Vietnamese immediately upon his capture because he was very tall and the NV were afraid of him due to his size..." (from widow of Colonel Burns, http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/b/b107.htm)

His remains were interred in Arlington National Cemetery, 1 April 1977.

He left a wife and a young daughter.
   
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