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Service Status
USAF Veteran
Last Rank
Captain
Service Years
1965 - 1971
Last AFSC/MOS
1535B-Navigator


Navigator Observer (Senior)



Service to 1971
Air Force Longevity Award
Criteria
It is awarded to all service members of the U.S. Air Force who complete four years of honorable active or reserve military service with any branch of the United States Armed Forces. The Air Force Long... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1971
Distinguished Flying Cross
Criteria
The Distinguished Flying Cross may be awarded to military members who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism or outstanding achievement while participa... More
Comments
On October 21, 1968 we landed at the community of Song Mao about 70 miles southwest of Cam Ranh Bay. October is the second rainiest month of the "rainy season" in Vietnam. That day the weather was e... More
1970
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1970
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1970
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1970
Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Criteria
Awarded by the Vietnam Government to military personnel who have accomplished deeds of valor or displayed heroic conduct while fighting the enemy and have been cited individually at the regiment, brig... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1970
773rd Tactical Airlift Squadron
773rd Tactical Airlift Squadron
Rank
Captain
Location
Clark AB - Philippines
AFSC
1535B-Navigator
Comments
Comments Pending
1968 - 1970
463rd Tactical Airlift Wing
463rd Tactical Airlift Wing
Rank
Captain
Location
Clark AB - Philippines
AFSC
1535B-Navigator
Comments
Comments Pending
1968 - 1970
13th Air Force
13th Air Force
Rank
Captain
Location
Clark AB - Philippines
AFSC
1535B-Navigator
Comments
Comments Pending
1968 - 1970
(FOB) Tan Son Nhut Air Base
Description
Tan Son Nhut Air Base (1955–1975) was a Republic of Vietnam Air Force (VNAF) facility. It is located near the city of Saigon in southern Vietnam.

The United States used it as a major b
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1968 - 1970
(FOB) Cam Ranh Air Base
Description
Cam Ranh Air Force Base is located on Cam Ranh Bay in Khánh Hòa Province, Vietnam. It was one of several air bases built and used by the United States Air Force (USAF) during the Vietnam War.

Cam Ran
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1968 - 1970
(FOB) Bien Hoa Air Base
Description
Bien Hoa Air Base is a Vietnam People's Air Force (Không quân Nhân dân Vietnam) military airfield located in South-Central southern Vietnam about 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Saigon near the city of Biê... More
1968 - 1970
Vietnam War
Description
Overview of the Vietnam War


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated
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1967 - 1970
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1969
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1969
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1969
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1969
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1969
8th Tactical Bomb Squadron
8th Tactical Bomb Squadron
Rank
First Lieutenant
Location
Clark AB - Philippines
AFSC
1525Z-Navigator-Bombardier
Comments
Comments Pending
1968 - 1968
Distinguished Flying Cross
Criteria
The Distinguished Flying Cross may be awarded to military members who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism or outstanding achievement while participa... More
Comments

CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF
THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS
HEROISM
TO
RONALD L. HENSELL


First Lieutenant Ronald L. Hensell distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as ... 
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1968
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1968
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1968
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1968
Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft... More
Description
Description Pending
1968
Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft... More
Description
Description Pending
1968
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (Pre 2014)
Criteria
The Outstanding Unit Award may be awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units such as Air Forces, Air Divisions, Wings, Groups, and Squadrons and to Medical Facilities such as hospital... More
Description
Description Pending
1968
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1968
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1968
Vietnam Air/Ground (Tet Counteroffensive) Campaign (1968)
Description
This period was from January 22-July 7, 1968.
The air campaign in defense of Khe Sanh, an outpost held by the U.S.
26th Marine Regiment. began on January 22. 1968. For 2 and 1/2
months Allied tactical
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Memories
The last eventful flight I had in B-57s was mundane but yet spectacular.  It was on a normal night s... More
1968 - 1968
13th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical
13th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical
Rank
First Lieutenant
Location
Clark AB - Philippines
AFSC
1525Z-Navigator-Bombardier
Comments
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1967 - 1968
405th Fighter Wing
405th Fighter Wing
Rank
First Lieutenant
Location
Clark AB - Philippines
AFSC
1525Z-Navigator-Bombardier
Comments
Comments Pending
1967 - 1968
7th Air Force
7th Air Force
Rank
First Lieutenant
Location
Clark AB - Philippines
AFSC
1525Z-Navigator-Bombardier
Comments
Comments Pending
1967 - 1968
Operation Barrel Roll - Laos/Ho Chi Minh trail
Description
Operation Barrel Roll was a covert U.S. Air Force 2nd Air Division (later the Seventh Air Force) and U.S. Navy Task Force 77, interdiction and close air support campaign conducted in the Kingdom of La... More
Memories
We got a call for a mission along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in central Laos.  When we arrived, there was... More
1967 - 1968
(FOB) Danang Air Base
Description
Da Nang Air Base (Vietnamese: Căn cứ không quân Đà Nẵng) (1930s–1975) (also known as Da Nang Airfield, Tourane Airfield or Tourane Air Base) was a French Air Force and later Republic of Vietnam Air Fo... More
1967 - 1968
(FOB) Phan Rang Air Base
Description
Phan Rang Air Base (also called Thành Sơn Air Base) is a Vietnam People's Air Force (VPAF) (Khong Quan Nhan Dan Viet Nam) military airfield in Vietnam. It is located 5.2 miles (8.4 km) north-northwest... More
People You Remember
I did not know any of the people in the narrative below but was entitled to and wore the Do
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1967 - 1968
(FOB) Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Navy Base
Description
The civil war inside Laos and fears of it spreading into Thailand led the Thai government to allow the United States to covertly use five Thai bases beginning in 1961 for the air defence of Thailand a... More
1967 - 1968
Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
Description
Various Air Missions and sorties over North Vietnam
Memories
19 missions.

During my first rotation to Phan Rang AB, I had the most frightening mission of my tim
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1967 - 1968
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1967
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1967
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1967
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1967
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1967
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1967
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1967
Air Medal
Criteria
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while partic... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1967
National Defense Service Medal (1961-1974)
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1967
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1967
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Criteria
This medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who: 1. Served for 6 months in South Vietnam during the period 1 Mar 61 and 28 Mar 73; or 2. Served outside the geographical l... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1967
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Criteria
The United States Air Force awards a single ribbon, known as the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, for an expert qualification on either the M-16 rifle, M-4 carbine or the individuals AFSC's (dut... More
Comments
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1965
Service from 1965

 
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