Francisco, San Dewayne, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1966 - 1968
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Nov 25, 1968
Hostile, Died while Captured
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
38W 057

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Aviator (Basic)

 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
Air Education and Training Command432nd Tactical Fighter Wing555th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1967, Air Education and Training Command
  1968-1968, 432nd Tactical Fighter Wing
  1968-1968, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
  1962-1966, Others/Not Listed
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1968-1968, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"1st Lt San D. Francisco and Maj. Joseph C. Morrison were flying an F4D aircraft on a combat mission in North Vietnam when it was shot down November 25, 1968. Both officers safely ejected from the plane and established radio contact on the ground with recovery forces. Their parachutes were spotted within 700 meters of a North Vietnamese encampment.

Contact with Francisco was lost within a half hour. Morrison evaded successfully throughout the night, and re-established radio contact on the following day. Recovery was prevented primarily by weather, and voice and beeper contact was lost. Both Morrison and Francisco were placed in Prisoner of War Status and expected to be released in 1973 when 591 Americans were freed from North Vietnamese prisons. However, neither man was released."


1st Lt. Francisco's body was never recovered and he was posthumously promoted to the rank of Major.

Note: A more detailed account of the incident is included on the profile of his wingman, Colonel Joseph Castleman Morrison.
Also see account here:

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