Keller, Wendell Richard, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115F-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 1115F, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1956 - 1969
Colonel

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
1934
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fargo
Last Address
Ubon RTAFB

Casualty Date
Mar 01, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
30W 005

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2012, American Battle Monuments Commission

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 Unit Assignments
433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron - Satan's Angels8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack7th Air Force
  1969-1969, 1115F, 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron - Satan's Angels
  1969-1969, 1115F, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1969-1969, 1115F, 7th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War - Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
North Dakota State University-Fargo
  1952-1956, North Dakota State University-Fargo
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1968-1969, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Col. Keller was a member of the Arnold Air Society and participated in the Air Force ROTC program.

In Southeast Asia, then Major Wendell Keller served out of Ubon RTAFB, Thailand.

Maj. Keller was the pilot and 1st Lt. Virgil K. Meroney was the bombardier/navigator of an F-4D (#66-8814) assigned to the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron.

On 1 March 1969, the two were sent on a night combat mission which took them over Laos. Near the Ban Karai Pass, one of several passageways in the mountains comprising the border of Laos and Vietnam, Keller and Meroney's aircraft (Callsign "Sherman 01") was hit by hostile fire during a rocket pass and crashed.

No parachutes were seen and no emergency beeper signals were heard. However, it was believed that both might have safely ejected the aircraft, as they were not declared killed in action, but missing in action.

Col. Keller's remains were recovered and identified in September 2012, as were those of his co-pilot.
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Arlington County Virginia, Plot: Section 60 Site 10128.

He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Colonel in 1996 by the 104th Congress.
   
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