Reed, Marion Eugene, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 504th Tactical Air Support Group
Service Years
1954 - 1968
Major

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Winter Garden
Last Address
Da Nang AB

Casualty Date
Oct 23, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Logan National Cemetery - Denver, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
40W 025

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 Unit Assignments
20th Tactical Air Support Squadron504th  Tactical Air Support Group
  1968-1968, 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron
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Last Known Activity
Major Reed was a Barky Forward Air Controller assigned to the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Da Nang. He was flying O-2A (S/N 67-21394) and marking a target in the DMZ buffer zone within two miles of the coast in Quang Tri Province South Vietnam. Major Reed was hit by ground fire as he rolled in on the target and was killed in the crash. He had 14 years of service and served 123 days in combat. His body was recovered.

Note: Major Reed was involved in Operation Rich, on station above the ground forces calling in artillery on suspected enemy positions and marking targets for airstrikes... A Corporal Alan Ogama, part of the 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, saw Reed's plane go down. He and other ground troops rushed to the crash site. When they got there the wings and top of the cockpit had been ripped off when the plane went through the thick trees. The pilot was still strapped in his seat and dead. The troops cut the harness and put him on a Medevac chopper. The pilot, Major Marion Reed, had become the first casualty of Operation Rich.



"News Release - Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), Washington, D.C. 20301, Immediate Release, October 28, 1968, No. 977-68 (C-211), U.S. Military Casualties - Vietnam - The Department of Defense today announced the following casualties in connection with the conflict in Vietnam:

KILLED AS A RESULT OF HOSTILE ACTION:

AIR FORCE

COLORADO

Maj Marion E. Reed, husband of Mrs. Dorothy C. REED, 2124 Princeton Way, Colorado Springs"

   
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