Ford, Wallace Addison, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 14th Air Commando Wing
Service Years
1949 - 1968
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Huntington
Last Address
Pleiku AB

Casualty Date
May 24, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
U.S. Military Academy West Point Post Cemetery - West Point, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
68E 002

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6th Air Commando Squadron14th Air Commando Wing
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According to Hobson's "Vietnam Air Losses", LtCol Ford was flying A-1H tail number 52-137620 when he was shot down about 15 miles west of Tam Ky in Quang Tin Province - but the casualty file says LtCol Ford died in Quang Tri Province, well to the north of Tam Ky.

LtCol Ford was graduated from the US Military Academy with the Class of 1949, taking his commission in the Air Force.

More Information:

The 6th Air Commando Squadron was formed at England AFB as a unit of the 1st Air Commando Wing. The unit was deployed to southeast Asia in February 1968 and arrived at Pleiku AB, SVN March 1968. During the stay at Pleiku, the squadron maintained a forward SAR alert unit at DaNang.

The 6th ACS was designated as the 6th Special Operations Squradron on 1 August 1968 and assigned to the 633rd Special Operations Wing. The 633rd was commanded by George P. Birdsong, Jr, and later by Samuel D. Berman (A-l Pilots).

The 6th SOS was manned with around 25 pilots and 135 airmen. Their A-1 inventory numbered approximately 20 aircraft. They used the call sign SPAD and tail code ET.

Wallace A Ford was the first commander of the 6th. He was lost 24 May 1968 while on a mission over SVN and listed KIA. There were eight (8), including Ford, KlA's and four (4) MlA's who were later changed to deceased. Many 6th S0S personnel will remember the facility named for Wallace Ford at Pleiku.

 

In October 1969 the unit was being broken up and the pilots were transferred to NKP. They were assigned to either the 1st SOS, 22nd SOS, or the 602nd SOS (Fighter), There was a small group that manned a detachment at Pleiku but were there for only a short period of time. During this time period the 56th SOW Operating Location Alpha Alpha was established at DaNang commanded by Jim Wold. Jim had been at Pleiku with the 6th SOS. The personnel manning the OLAA were assigned to the 56th and on TDY at DaNang. This arrangement gave them certain privileges such as stateside leave. Even while all the kinks were being ironed out missions were flown daily. In the end the 6th ACS/SOS was finally deactivated on 15 November 1969. Still the 56th OLAA carried on as SPAD.


 

   
Comments/Citation
Class of 1949 at West Point to see if there was any more information on Ford. Only info was that he was in Cadet Company H2.

--------- LIEUTENANT COLONEL WALLACE ADDISON FORD WAS A DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT, NEW YORK IN THE CLASS OF 1949 AND AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH AT THE AGE OF 43 ON MAY 24, 1968 HE WAS SERVING WITH THE 6th AIR COMMANDO FIGHTER SQUADRON HE WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART MEDAL - DUTY - HONOR - COUNTRY

   
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