Van Dyke, Richard Haven, Capt

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Primary Unit
1968-1968, POW North Vietnam
Service Years
1966 - 1968

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Salt Lake City, Utah
Last Address
Da Nang AB, RVN

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 1968
Hostile, Died while Captured
Other Cause
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Memory Grove Memorial Cemetery - Salt Lake City, Utah
Wall/Plot Coordinates
44W 032

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
Officer Training School (OTS)480th Tactical Fighter Squadron366th Tactical Fighter Wing - GunfightersPrisoner Of War (POW)
  1966-1966, Officer Training School (OTS)
  1968-1968, 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1968-1968, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
  1968-1968, POW North Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
University of Colorado
  1964-1966, University of Colorado
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1967-1968, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Richard Vandyke attended OTS in Class 66-G at the Medina Annex, Lackland AFB, Texas.  He then attended UPT at Williams AFB, Texas, and became an F-4D pilot.

In Vietnam, then 1st Lt. Richard Haven flew with the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing out of Danang AB, RVN.  His tour began on 5 April 1968.

He was injured during the ejection from his aircraft , breaking his leg which was amputated by the Vietnamese captors. He died in a POW camp in An Vinh.

His remains were returned 7 August 1981; but their present location is unknown.

On 11 Sep 1968, Rich's F-4D Phantom II (tail number 66-8752) was hit twice by 37mm flak while attacking trucks on a road near Van Loc, 10 miles northwest of Dong Hoi in North Vietnam. The aircraft was on fire. The back cockpit filled with smoke and Rich lost communication with the forward cockpit. This was a mandatory ejection situation and Rich punched out, receiving a compound leg fracture somewhere in the ejection sequence. Ironically the pilot, Major Larry E. Bustle, nursed the jet over water, punched out also with leg injuries, and was rescued by U.S. Forces.

Rich was captured by the local militia. Instead of turning him over to the NVA, as required, the militia had a cast put on his leg, but the bone was not set. He was held in a hole in the ground in An Vinh. Two other U.S. captives were put in the hole also. Heavy rains came and the hole flooded. Rich was delirious and his buddies kept him from drowning. Their cries for help were heard by the NVA, who took them out of the hole. Rich was taken to a hospital where it was determined that he had gangrene. His leg was amputated in an attempt to save his life, but he died on approximately 22 Sep 1968. His remains were repatriated on 8 July 1981.

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