Windle, Paul Ralph, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1141A-Forward Air Controller
Last AFSC Group
Command and Control
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 1115A, 505th Tactical Control Group
Service Years
1954 - 1965
Officer Collar Insignia
Captain

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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1934
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mullinville
Last Address
Mullinville

Casualty Date
Jun 30, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Phu Bon (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Hillcrest Cemetery - Mullinville, Kansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 026

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Ribbon Bar


Aviator (Senior)
Parachutist (Basic)


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
19th Tactical Air Support Squadron13th Air Force34th Tactical Group505th Tactical Control Group
  1964-1965, 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1964-1965, 13th Air Force
  1964-1965, 34th Tactical Group
  1965-1965, 1115A, 505th Tactical Control Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  B-25 Mitchell  KC-97 Stratotanker  A-26 (B-26) Invader  
A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)  O-1/L-19 Bird Dog  
  1956-1956, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1960-1960, B-25 Mitchell
  1960-1960, KC-97 Stratotanker
  1961-1962, A-26 (B-26) Invader
  1964-1965, A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)
  1965-1965, O-1/L-19 Bird Dog
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity



Capt. Windle was lost while he was assigned as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) to the Vietnamese Airborne Brigade (later to become a full Division) This airborne unit was the top high-mobility reaction force in the Vietnamese Armed Forces. US Air Force Forward Air Controllers assigned to the VN Airborne force were a unique extension of the USAF Air Power doctrine. They served as both Advisors to the Vietnamese and also personally applied Close Air Support (CAS) air strikes against insurgents and other enemy units that threatened the ground forces of the VN Airborne Division. Paul flew the O-1 aircraft with the call sign "Red Marker 2".



In June 1965 the VN Airborne 1st Task Force with the 1st and 5th Abn Battalions went into the Central Highlands. The operation was to search out Viet Cong main force units that were reported south of Pleiku and west of Tuy Hoa. Heavy contact was made near Cheo Reo and the two Battalions stood and maneuvered under Paul's protective cover. Capt. Windle's immediate reaction, tenacity and determined delivery of air power blunted the enemy attack and gave the ground forces time to establish positions. Over 80 air support sorties were flown.



The VN Airborne Division Task Force considered Captain Windle's very brave and highly honorable performance as key to saving the VN Airborne forces that were greatly outnumbered.
   
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