King, Ronald Runyan, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1945 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Santa Cruz
Last Address
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Oct 03, 1967
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27E 044

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1966-1967, 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1967, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1966-1967, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Very little is known regarding the circumstances of Ronald King's loss.

Hobson's Vietnam Air Losses contains a brief entry:

"A Thunderchief crashed in the Gulf of Tonkin when it ran out of fuel returning from a mission. The pilot was killed in the accident."

Jim Baugher's compilation of USAF aircraft procurements and dispositions contains an even briefer note, "[F-105D 59-]1824 shot down 10/3/1967. Pilot KIA.", but one with perhaps less accuracy. With this exception, available records indicate it was not a hostile loss but rather an operational loss.

Even his squadron assignment is somewhat uncertain; Hobson places him with the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, a component of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing at Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, as does the 355th TFW Honor Role. On Monday, December 27, 1999, Howard Plunkett ( placed the following on

"Maj Ronald King was the pilot of an F-105D that caught fire on 3 October 1967 enroute to a target in North Vietnam. After ejecting, Maj King died from becoming entangled in his parachute when he landed in water with waves 20 feet high. He was a member of the 333 TFS from Takhli RTAB, Thailand."

The Air Force's Vietnam casualty list says he was assigned to the 333rd TFS, a different squadron within the 355th TFW.

At the time of his loss, LTC King held the rank of Maj. and was promoted after his loss. LTC King remains listed as BNR. ( Body Not Recovered)

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