Lede, Roy Leo, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 14th Air Commando Wing
Service Years
1966 - 1968
Sergeant

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Francisco
Last Address
Phu Cat AB

Casualty Date
May 05, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery - Colma, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
55E 020

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 Unit Assignments
4th Air Commando Squadron14th Air Commando Wing
  1967-1968, 4th Air Commando Squadron
  1967-1968, 14th Air Commando Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AC-47 Spooky/Puff  
  1967-1968, AC-47 Spooky/Puff
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Last Known Activity


 

On the night of 4/5 May 1968 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army forces started a widespread offensive which came be termed "Mini-Tet" by the Americans and which involved attacks on over a hundred towns and cities across South Vietnam.

Two 4th Air Commando Squadron AC-47 gunships launched from Phu Cat to engage VC/NVA rocket and mortar sites that were firing on the Pleiku Air Base. One, AC-47D tail number 43-16159, launched with a short crew (only one gunner aboard), while the other, AC-47D 43-76207, carried two extra men - a new navigator taking his first orientation flight and an Army Warrant Officer observer.

Once over target both aircraft were shot down within minutes of each other, killing nine of the 15 crewmen:

Sergeant Nacey Kent, aboard AC-47 43-76207 as Flight Mechanic, sustained a broken leg during the crash landing but never the less repeatedly entered the wrecked aircraft to rescue other crewmembers and was awarded the Air Force Cross for his efforts. The survivors, other than Sgt Kent, were the 1st Navigator, Col Armstrong; loadmaster Kirby Wilson; aerial gunners Ducat and Bryant; and the Army Warrant, name unknown.

 

   
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