Dudash, John Francis, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115E-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1950 - 1967
Colonel

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Manville
Last Address
Takhli RTAFB

Casualty Date
Apr 26, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
18E 092

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 Unit Assignments
333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1967-1967, 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1967, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1973 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
Emporia State UniversityVillanova University
  1947-1949, Emporia State University
  1949-1950, Villanova University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1967-1967, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
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Last Known Activity
Colonel John Dudash enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and was commissioned in 1953.

Colonel Dudash served with the 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli RTAFB, Thailand flying the F-105F "Thud" as part of the Wild Weasel program.

On 26 April 1967, as part of the Rolling Thunder campaign over North Vietnam, Capt. John F. Dudash, with Major Alton B. Meyer in the rear seat, this F-105F was hit by enemy fire in northwest of Hanoi in Vinh Phu Province. Meyer, as the rear-seater, ejected first and was captured immediately. He landed about 45 miles northwest of Hanoi, and the aircraft continued in a southeasterly direction with Dudash still at the controls. Although listed as an MIA, Colonel Dudash's remains were found and repatriated.
 
   
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http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=14047 (photo)
http://www.njvvmf.org/JOHN-F-DUDASH-vetmemorial1538 (some background/photo)
http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=14039 (photo)
   
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