Karst, Carl Frederick, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1435F-Air Operations Officer
Last AFSC Group
Air Operations
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1954 - 1968
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 16, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
39W 074

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
21st Tactical Air Support Squadron504th Tactical Air Control Group7th Air Force
  1968-1968, 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1968-1968, 504th Tactical Air Control Group
  1968-1968, 7th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
O-1/L-19 Bird Dog  
  1968-1968, O-1/L-19 Bird Dog
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Colonel Karst was a "Snug" Forward Air Controller assigned to the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron at Nha Trang. He and Captain Nguyen X Quy VNAF were flying from Pleiku on a Visual Reconnaissance mission in O-1F (# 57-2820) when they disappeared.

A three-day search failed to find them. Colonel Karst was promoted while missing.

Later a Vietnamese villager reported he had heard from an NVA Propaganda Team that the aircraft had been shot down by ground fire. Captain Quy had been killed and Colonel Karst had been captured then executed later in a village in northern Phu Bon Province. The story could not be verified.

In 1983, a Vietnamese refugee turned in two bone fragments and Colonel Karst's identity tag. In 1989, the Vietnamese turned over some remains that were identified as Colonel Karst's which were buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
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