Knudsen, Harold Eugene, Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
Service Years
1963 - 1966
First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Phan Rang AB

Casualty Date
Sep 14, 1966
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Ninh Thuan (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10E 095

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Association of Graduates USAFAVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1963, Association of Graduates USAFA
  1966, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
3640th Pilot Training SquadronTropic Survival School355th Tactical Training WingSquadron Officer School (SOS), Squadron Officer College
Water Survival Training389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
  1963-1964, 0006, 3640th Pilot Training Squadron
  1964-1964, Tropic Survival School
  1964-1965, 355th Tactical Training Wing
  1965-1965, Squadron Officer School (SOS), Squadron Officer College
  1965-1965, Water Survival Training
  1965-1966, 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
  1966-1966, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
  1966-1966, 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force Academy
  1959-1963, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  T-37 Tweety  F-4 Phantom  
  1963-1964, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1963-1965, T-37 Tweety
  1965-1966, F-4 Phantom1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Knudsen flew approximately 150 combat missions. He was killed on 14 September 1966 while on a strike mission in South Vietnam. The F-4C aircraft (F-4C #64-0657 ) he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff from Phan Rang AB. His aircraft was joining their formation when a flight control malfunction caused the aircraft to roll inverted. When attempts to right the aircraft failed, both crew members tried to eject. Knudsen was unsuccessful and was killed instantaneously when the aircraft crashed. His co-pilot, Capt John Crietzberg, ejected and survived.

On Dec 2, 2010, Rudd, William (Will), Col USAF(Ret) wrote:
"I was stationed with Gene at Phan Rang AB, RVN when he was killed. Gene was crewed with Capt John Crietzberg, the 389th TFS Life Support Officer. Gene and John were flying together when their aircraft took off, and during the normal turning flight rejoin that we did on every flight, the aircraft appeared to overshoot the lead aircraft, roll inverted, and shortly after, crashed south of the runway at Phan Rang. John Crietzberg was picked up by helicopter, but Gene did not survive the crash.  Gene was our friend and comrade."
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