Goodman, James Donald, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 14th Special Operations Wing
Service Years
1963 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Little Rock
Last Address
Danang AB

Casualty Date
Jan 09, 1967
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
13E 131

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Association of Graduates USAFAVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1963, Association of Graduates USAFA
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3561st Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)961st Airborne Warning and Control SquadronDetachment 3, 4th Air Commando Squadron4th Air Commando Squadron
14th Special Operations Wing
  1963-1964, 0006, 3561st Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1964-1966, 1045D, 961st Airborne Warning and Control Squadron
  1966-1966, Detachment 3, 4th Air Commando Squadron
  1966-1967, 4th Air Commando Squadron
  1966-1967, 14th Special Operations Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
University of Arkansas at Little RockUnited States Air Force Academy
  1958-1959, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  1959-1963, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
EC-121 Warning Star  AC-47 Spooky/Puff  
  1964-1966, EC-121 Warning Star
  1966-1967, AC-47 Spooky/Puff
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Military Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
First Lieutenant Goodman was killed in South Vietnam on 9 January 1967 on a flare and gun support mission. A small special forces camp was under attack and called for air support. As a copilot, Goodman came to the rescue flying low (below the 2000 ft. cloud deck) and firing on the enemy. He continued these passes until his plane was hit by hostile ground fire, caught on fire, and crashed.

On another occasion, he was honored by the Vietnamese Chief of State Nguyen Van Thieu and was cited for supporting the US Coast Guard cutter Point League when it came under machine gun fire while stationed at Binh Thuy Air Base. He was a pilot on the AC-47 Dragon Ship and with his crew, he protected Point League until the US-Vietnam Army forces arrived and simultaneously aided the capture of an enemy ship.

He was awarded the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Silver Star for his acts on that day. His other military decorations include nine Air Medals, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart, and two Distinguished Flying Crosses for his heroism and achievements.

He had flown over 105 missions in the AC-47 aircraft at the time of his death.
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