Ralston, Frank Delzell, III, Maj

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Primary Unit
1966-1978, MIA Vietnam
Service Years
1963 - 1966

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Col William Rudd to remember Ralston, Frank Delzell, III ("Brank"), Maj.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Denver, Colorado
Last Address
Ubon RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
May 14, 1966
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort McPherson National Cemetery - Maxwell, Nebraska
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07E 060

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Association of Graduates USAFAVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2010, Association of Graduates USAFA
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
US Air Force Academy (Staff)433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron - Satan's Angels8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf PackUS Air Force
  1959-1963, US Air Force Academy (Staff)
  1965-1966, 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron - Satan's Angels
  1965-1966, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1966-1978, MIA Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force Academy
  1959-1963, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1965-1966, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 14 May 1966, then Captain Donald L. King, pilot; and 1st Lieutenant Frank D. "Brank" Ralston III, co-pilot; comprised the crew of the #2 F4C (serial #64-0760) in a flight of two conducting a night armed reconnaissance mission in Route Package (RP) 1, Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam.

 Radar contact was maintained with Capt. King's and 1st Lt. Ralston's aircraft until it was over the eastern edge of rugged mountain range roughly 20 miles west of the coastal city of Dong Hoi, North Vietnam.

The crew of the lead aircraft spotted an intense white flash shooting 20 degrees above the horizon in the direction of the number two aircraft. In the pre-dawn night, the lead flight crew observed no crash, fire or enemy automatic weapons or anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) fire directed at his wingman. 
   Lead immediately tried to established radio contact with Donald King and Brank Ralston, but was unsuccessful in doing so.

He then notified the airborne battlefield command and control center (ABCCC) directing all air operations in this region. At the same time, Lead initiated a visual search operation for the missing aircraft and crew. During the search, no parachutes were seen and no emergency beepers heard. Because of the loss location being deep within enemy held territory, it was impossible to conduct a search and rescue (SAR) operation for the downed crew. At the time the search effort was terminated, Donald King and Brank Ralston were reported as Missing in Action.



by Roger Knopf
03 Aug 2006

I have a POW/MIA bracelet with the name of Major Frank D. Ralston III, USAF - 14 May 66 - NVN.

If any of his family would like to have it, please contact me. I was in the Air Force from 1967 to 1971. I don't remember how I came across this bracelet but I have had it for over 30 years in a shadow box with other military items of mine and my grandfather's from WWI.


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