Silva, Claude Arnold, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1575A-Electronic Warfare Officer
Last AFSC Group
Electronic Warfare
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1963 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Monte Vista, Colorado
Last Address
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Jan 29, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
14E 096

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Battle Monuments CommissionVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1999, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Navigator Observer (basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
355th Tactical Fighter Wing354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1967, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1966-1967, 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1966-1967, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Library of Congress files: North Vietnam; pre-1975 Status Review, Name: Claude Arnold Silva, Subjects:Aircraft downed; Killed; Died Captive" Source:

Notes: Major Silva was a member of the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On January 29, 1967, he was a crewman of a Thunderchief (F-105F) on a mission over North Vietnam, when his aircraft crashed. He was taken prisoner and died in captivity. His remains were recovered on November 18, 1999. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial."  Source:

Conclusion: It is believed 1st Lt Silva was downed with Biediger, both ejected from a F-105F and were captured by the enemy. Both died in captivity. 1st Lt Silva was declared presumptively dead in 1979 and whether his remains were found in January 1999, is not clear, but his remains were returned to his family in 2004. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel during the period he was Missing in Action and in captivity.

His enter service year is approximate.
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