Halpin, Richard Conroy, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1535B-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1971-1972, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
Service Years
1967 - 1972
Captain

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Diego
Last Address
Ubon RTAFB

Casualty Date
Mar 29, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Ascension Cemetery - Lake Forest, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02W 122

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American Battle Monuments CommissionVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2008, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments
16th Special Operations Squadron8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1971-1972, 16th Special Operations Squadron
  1971-1972, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II  
  1971-1972, AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II
  1971-1972, AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On the night of March 29, 1972, an AC130A Hercules "Spectre" gunship departed Ubon Airfield, Thailand on a night reconnaissance mission over supply routes used by North Vietnamese forces in Laos. As the aircraft was in the jungle foothills 56 miles east of Savannakhet in southern Laos, it was shot down by a Russian Surface to Air Missile (SAM). U.S. government sources stated in February 1986 that a fighter escort plane reported that the aircraft crashed in a fireball, no parachutes were seen, nor was radio contact made with the AC130 or any of its crew. Henry Brauner; Barclay Young; Howard Stephenson; James Caniford; Robert Simmons; Edwin Pearce (all missing); Edward Smith; Richard Halpin; Irving Ramsower; Richard Castillo; Charles Wanzel; Merlyn Paulson; William Todd; (remains returned) This same aircraft had #3 and #4 props shot off in Nov 1971.
   
Comments/Citation
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-r-combs/vietnam-war-memories_b_2958311.html
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