Keeler, Harper Brown, Maj

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Primary Unit
1968-1969, 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
Service Years
1957 - 1969

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Galveston, TX
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut AB

Casualty Date
Jan 30, 1969
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Khanh Hoa (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
U.S. Military Academy West Point Post Cemetery - West Point, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
33W 020

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments
US Air Force Academy (Staff)Tactical Air Command (TAC)460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1966-1968, US Air Force Academy (Staff)
  1968-1968, Tactical Air Command (TAC)
  1968-1969, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1968-1969, 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyMassachusetts Institute of Technology
  1953-1957, United States Military Academy
  1964-1966, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 My Aircraft/Missiles
KC-135 Stratotanker  RF-4C  Phantom II  
  1959-1963, KC-135 Stratotanker
  1968-1969, RF-4C Phantom II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"During the summer of 1968 he volunteered to enter combat crew training. He completed training in RF-4C Phantoms at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, before proceeding to Saigon in December. On his thirteenth mission, he was shot down near Nha Thang, South Vietnam, on a night low-level reconnaissance mission."


Major Keeler was buried at West Point on 18 February 1969, Section VI Site 317.

Source: U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006,

At his burial ceremony one of his comrades said of him, "He was a man full of love and courage, and life is stale without him..."  Source:
Note: After his initial pilot training he spent about five years on an Air Force Base in Oklahoma as pilot of KC-135  on air refueling crews, but don't know which base. This would be in the period of about 1959 to 1963.

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