Shay, Donald Emerson, Jr., Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 1585A, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
Service Years
1967 - 1970

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Oct 08, 1970
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07W 120

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Association of Graduates USAFAVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2008, Association of Graduates USAFA
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Navigator Observer (basic)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
3645th Student Squadron3646th Pilot Training WingSchool Assignments14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1967-1968, 6, 3645th Student Squadron
  1967-1968, 0006, 3646th Pilot Training Wing
  1968-1969, 2700 Student Navigator Course, Primary-Basic Navigation School
  1969-1970, 14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1969-1970, 1585A, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force Academy
  1963-1967, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
RF-4C  Phantom II  
  1969-1970, RF-4C Phantom II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 08 Oct 1970 an RF-4C (tail number 68-0610) of the 14th Tac Recon Squadron launched from Udorn RTAFB on a twilight photo recon mission over southern Laos - and did not return. Search and rescue efforts failed to locate wreckage or crew, and both crewmen were classed as "Missing in Action". Eventually the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death. Their remains have not been repatriated.

He was awarded the Basic Parachute wings while at USAFA.

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