Tatum, Lawrence Byron, Col

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Primary Unit
1966-1966, 14th Air Commando Wing
Service Years
1954 - 1966
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Pleiku AB

Casualty Date
Sep 10, 1966
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10E 085

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 Unit Assignments
451st Fighter-Day Squadron8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf PackUS Air Force Academy (Staff)Training Units
1st Air Commando Squadron14th Air Commando Wing
  1954-1956, 1021A, 451st Fighter-Day Squadron
  1956-1959, 1021A, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1962-1965, US Air Force Academy (Staff)
  1965-1966, 4400th Combat Crew Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1966-1966, 1st Air Commando Squadron
  1966-1966, 14th Air Commando Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademySyracuse University
  1949-1953, United States Military Academy
  1959-1962, Syracuse University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-86 Sabre  F-100 Super Sabre  A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)  
  1954-1955, F-86 Sabre
  1955-1959, F-100 Super Sabre
  1966-1966, A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)
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Last Known Activity
Col. Lawrence Byron Tatum served with the 1st Air Commando Squadron 14th Air Commando Squadron 7th Air Force.

He was a graduate of the United States Military Academy in 1953. Following his graduation, he received his Ph.D. at Syracuse University.

By 1962, he was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and an instructor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

In 10 September 1966, then Major Tatum was serving with the 1st Air Commando Squadron in Pleiku, RVN and piloting an A-1E Skyraider (#52-132675, call sign "HOBO 27").  He was on a strafing mission just north of the Demilitarized Zone when his aircraft was struck by hostile fire.

The FAC of the mission saw him bail out and his descent was followed to the ground where he landed in a tree. People were seen in the area and shortly thereafter, he and his parachute disappeared. Intense ground fire prevented search and rescue. No mention of a second crewman is given in Air Force accounts of this incident.

He was listed as MIA and then declared dead Nov 10, 1976.

His remains were not recovered. He is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing, Court A, at the Honolulu Memorial, HI, in the US Air Force Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO, and in Maple Grove Cemetery, Russelville, KY. 

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