Rex, Robert F., Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron
Service Years
1964 - 1969
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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1941
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Odebolt
Last Address
Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Mar 09, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Odebolt Cemetery - Odebolt, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
30W 095

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 Unit Assignments
Military Air Transport Service (MATS)Charleston Air Force Base504th Tactical Air Control Group23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1965-1968, Military Air Transport Service (MATS)
  1967-1968, Charleston Air Force Base
  1968-1969, 504th Tactical Air Control Group
  1968-1969, 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force Academy
  1960-1964, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-130 Hercules  O-2 Skymaster  
  1965-1967, C-130 Hercules
  1968-1969, O-2 Skymaster
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Last Known Activity

On 9 March 1969 Capt. Robert F (Bob) Rex, pilot and Army Special Forces SSgt. Tim L. Walters, observer, comprised the crew of an O2A aircraft (serial #67-21425) that departed Nakhon Phanom Airfield, Thailand on a FAC combat support mission over Savannakhet Province, Laos for SSgt. Walters special operations unit, MACV-SOG. At approximately 1150 hours the Skymaster crashed into the rugged jungle-covered mountains for unknown reasons approximately 1 mile south of an east/west running primary road, 2 miles west of a power line, and 3 miles north of a secondary road that ran from the southwest to northeast interesting the primary road to the east of the crash site.  Knife 55, another aircraft operating in the same area, reported the Skymaster?s loss to the air control center along with the crash site location as being roughly 3 miles west of the Lao/Vietnamese border, 30 kilometers northeast of Xepon and 2 kilometers northeast of Ban Biang, Laos.



A ground search team visited the crash site a short time later and reported both crewmen died in the crash.



                                            


   
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