Hood, Don Richard, Capt

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Last Rank
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Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 6251st Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1951 - 1965
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Salt Lake City
Last Address
Bien Hoa AB

Casualty Date
Oct 02, 1965
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Douglas Post Cemetery - Salt Lake City, Utah
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 101

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
34th Tactical GroupAir Commando UnitsUS Air Force
  1965-1965, 1021A, 34th Tactical Group
  1965-1965, 602nd Air Commando Squadron
  1965-1965, 6251st Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1953-1953 Korean War
  1965-1965 Vietnam War3
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)  
  1965-1965, A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Captain Don Hood was a member of the 602nd Air Commando Squadron, flying A-1E Skyraiders out of Bien Hoa, Air Base, RVN. His aircraft collided in mid-air with another Skyraider, flown by Captain Donald Patch, also a member of the 602nd ACS, while on a close air support mission in Binh Dinh Province..."  Dennis Lewis, fellow commando, http://thewall-usa.com

Note: Captain Hood's gravestone reflects service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Thanks to  a tip from Sgt Skip Kimbrow, the Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah), October 5, 1965 indicates he was in the Navy from about 1951 to 1953, when he transferred to the U.S. Air Force. Another article from the Ogden Standard Examiner, October 10, 1965 reflects that he was survived by a widow and seven children; received four Air Medals, flew over 100 combat missions and received a Presidential United Citation. To date I've found no evidence of service during World War II, but since he would have graduated from high school in about 1943, its certainly likely he did serve, but whether he served in the European or Pacific campaign isn't known. Prior to deployment to Vietnam he was stationed at Myrtle Beach, S.C. He volunteered for the tour to Vietnam.

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