Karins, Joseph John, Jr., Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 1115E, 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Dragons
Service Years
1962 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Syracuse, New York
Last Address
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Mar 11, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
16E Line 060/Section 60 Site 7730

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Battle Monuments CommissionVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1988, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
355th Tactical Fighter Wing357th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Dragons
  1966-1967, 1115E, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1966-1967, 1115E, 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Dragons
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam Air Offensive Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II Campaign (1967-68)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1966-1967, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Capt Charles E. Greene, Jr., Capt Joseph J. Karins, Jr., and Major James E. Hiteshew were all pilots of F-105D Thunderchiefs. On March 11, 1967, they were all dispatched on strike mission over North Vietnam. At a target area near the city of Thai Nguyen in Vinh Phu Province, all three were shot down and declared missing in action. Greene and Hiteshew ultimately landed in Vinh Phu Province. Greene was about 5 miles southwest of the city of Thai Nhuyen; Hiteshew was about 8 miles southeast . Karins landed on the border of Vinh Phu and Ha Bac Provinces, about 8 miles east-southeast of Thai Nhuyen.

It was later learned that Greene and Hiteshew had been captured by the North Vietnamese. Hiteshew's emergency beepers had been heard, and parachute was observed, but rescue in this hostile territory proved impossible. Other information indicates that Karins was in radio contact with rescuers, but was seen to be captured.

On March 4, 1973, 591 Americans were released from communist prisons in North Vietnam. Greene and Hiteshew were among them. Karins was not. He remained Missing in Action. According to intelligence received by the Defense Department, Karins died, but public information does not indicate how or when. Whether this information was confirmed seems unlikely, as Karin's status was not changed to Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered. In fact, it was several years before he was found presumptively dead..."  Source: http://pownetwork.org

Captain Karins was promoted to the rank of Major during the period he was missing. His remains were returned to the U.S. on April 6, 1988.
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