Moore, Abraham Lincoln, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43570C-Flight Engineer Technician
Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 43570C, 14th Special Operations Wing
Service Years
1955 - 1969
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by TSgt John Racz (KA9OOO) to remember Moore, Abraham Lincoln, SSgt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam

Casualty Date
Oct 11, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
17W 068

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Sheppard Technical Training Center (Staff/Cadre) - Sheppard AFB436th Military Airlift Wing17th Special Operations Squadron14th Special Operations Wing
  1967-1967, Sheppard Technical Training Center (Staff/Cadre) - Sheppard AFB
  1967-1969, 436th Military Airlift Wing
  1969-1969, 43570C, 17th Special Operations Squadron
  1969-1969, 43570C, 14th Special Operations Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-141 Starlifter  AC-119G/K Shadow/Stinger  
  1967-1968, C-141 Starlifter
  1969-1969, AC-119G/K Shadow/Stinger
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The crew of  "C" Flight, 17th Special Operations Squadron, 14th Special Operations Wing (callsign 'Shadow 76') flew out of Tan Son Nhut AB in 1969, flying a Fairchild AC-119G "Flying Boxcar" (#52-5907).  According to the onsite history, "the first AC-119G Aircraft Loss was the crash of 'Shadow 76' at Tan Son Nhut Air Base.

A USAF photographer from the 600th Photo Squadron was also onboard and was killed." It crashed on take off. Details of the crash state that the port engine caught fire and the aircraft went into a sharp descending left turn, hitting the ground and bursting into flame."  

Those killed on this aircraft were: (All profiled on USAF TWS)

  Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Knapic, pilot, 17th SOS
  Captain John H. Hathaway, co-pilot, 17th SOS
  Major Moses L. Alves, navigator, 17th SOS
  Major Jerome J. Rice, navigator, 17th SOS
  Staff Sergeant Abraham L. Moore, flight engineer, 17th SOS
  SSgt. Ellsworth Smith Bradford, non-crew passenger, 600th Photo. Squadron 

Note: According to Aviation Safety, there were 10 personnel aboard the aircraft, of which 6 were killed.      (source: )

Current Photo shows C-119 Gun Ship Memorial Plague

Current photo: Click on Current Photo to show larger view showing plaque -  Abe Moore under 17th Special Operations Squadron - 5th name down.

Need info: We believe Abe Moore was a C-141A Flight Engineer at Dover AFB, DE from spring of 1967 til sometime in 1968 or 1969 when he went to NAM 17th Special Operations Squadron at Tan Son Nhut in Saigon.  It is a gap we would like to fill.  Anyone with info would be appreciated.  Tsgt John Racz


Book sources:  
Philip D. Chinnery, Air commando: fifty years of the USAF Air Commando and Special Operations 
William Head,  Shadow and Stinger: Developing the AC-119G/K Gunships in the Vietnam War 

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