Tucci, Robert Leon, Maj

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1968-1969, 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron
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1966 - 1969

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Nov 12, 1969
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Vietnam War
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Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery - Dallas, Texas
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  1967-1969, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing

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432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing

Vietnam War

On 18 September 1966, the 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (TRW) was activated at Udon RTAFB, Thailand as an McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II wing. At Udon, it became one of the most diversified units of its size in the Air Force.

The mission of the wing was to provide intelligence information about hostile forces through tactical reconnaissance and use its fighter elements to destroy the targets earmarked by the intelligence data provided. The wing had numerous missions in the support area. The 432d TRW accounted for more than 80 percent of all reconnaissance activity over North Vietnam.

In addition to the reconnaissance mission, the 432d also had a tactical fighter squadron component, with two (13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron) F-4C/D squadrons assigned. The squadrons flew strike missions over North Vietnam and the pilots and weapon systems officers of the 13 TFS and 555 TFS were credited with MiG kills.

In 1968, the 7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron (7th ACCS), flying specialized Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft, became part of the 432d. The squadron had been attached to the wing as a temporary duty unit from Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam. Another unit assigned was the 4th Special Operations Squadron (4th SOS) flying various (AC-47, AC-119) gunships that supported ground units.[9]

In the fall of 1970 the wing was phased down as part of the overall American withdrawal from the Vietnam War; however, in 1972 tactical fighter strength was augmented by deployed Tactical Air Command CONUS-based tactical fighter squadrons being attached to the 432d in response to the North Vietnamese invasion of South Vietnam. In addition, the 421st TFS was reassigned trom Takhli RTAFB. During Operation Linebacker, between May and October 1972, the 432d TRW had seven F-4 tactical fighter squadrons assigned or attached, (13th, 56th, 308th, 414th, 421st, 523d and 555th) making it the largest wing in the USAF. The three Vietnam era Airforce Aces all came from the 432d – two from the 555th and one from the 13th. The CONUS-based squadrons returned to the United States in the fall of 1972.

As a result of the Paris Peace Accords of 1973, the numbers of USAF personnel and aircraft at Udon were reduced. The 421st TFS was inactivated in August and the 555th was reassigned to Luke AFB in 1974. By the spring of 1975, two operational squadrons remained, the 14th TRS (RF-4C) and the 13th TFS (F-4D/E).

Forces from the 432d participated in the SS Mayaguez action in May 1975, sinking two Cambodian Khmer Rouge ships. By 1975, the political climate between Washington and Bangkok had become sour and the Royal Thai Government wanted the USAF out of Thailand by the end of the year. Palace Lightning was the plan under which the USAF would withdraw its aircraft and personnel from Thailand.[14]

The 423nd TFW was inactivated on 23 December 1975. The 13th TFSs F-4E aircraft and some support personnel were reassigned to the 3d TFW at Clark AB, Philippines and the F-4D aircraft and support personnel to the 18th TFW at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. The 14th TRS was inactivated and the RF-4Cs were sent to Shaw AFB, South Carolina. The last USAF personnel departed Udon RTAFB on 8 January 1976.[9]

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432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing

Rexroad, Ronald Reuel, Maj, (1962-1968) [Other Service Rank]
Hynds, Wallace Gourley, Col, (1945-1967) Colonel
Bagley, Bobby Ray, Col, (1950-1981) Major
Dennany, James Eugene, Col, (1957-1969) Major
Galbraith, Russell Dale, Maj, (1960-1968) Major
Owens, Joy Leonard, Col, (1950-1967) Major
Palmer, Gilbert Swain, Col, (1950-1968) Major
Stephensen, Mark Lane, Col, (1952-1967) Major
Wilburn, Woodrow Hoover, Col, (1950-1967) Major
Atterberry, Edwin Lee, Lt Col, (1955-1969) Captain
Bedrossian, George Jacques, Capt, (1962-1968) Captain
Chavez, Gary Anthony, Capt, (1964-1970) Captain
Cuthbert, Bradley Gene, Maj, (1962-1968) Captain
Davenport, Robert Dean, Capt, (1965-1969) Captain
Davis-Jones, John, Capt, (1962-1972) Captain
Doby, Herb, Lt Col, (1953-1967) Captain
Gist, Tommy Emerson, Maj, (1960-1968) Captain
Goodrich, Edwin Riley, Lt Col, (1960-1967) Captain
Hicks, Terrin Dinsmore, Lt Col, (1957-1968) Captain
Winston, Charles Cortens, Maj, (1960-1967) Captain
Wright, Thomas Thawson, Col, (1962-1968) Captain
Bergevin, Charles Lee, Maj, (1962-1968) First Lieutenant
Edgar, Robert John Foye, Capt, (1965-1968) First Lieutenant
Potter, William Tod, Capt, (1964-1968) First Lieutenant
Sale, Harold Reeves, Capt, (1964-1967) First Lieutenant
Setterquist, Francis Lesli, Capt, (1959-1968) First Lieutenant
Fonzi, Donald Oliver, MSgt, (1943-1969) Master Sergeant
Moneymaker, Wayne, TSgt, (1950-1969) Technical Sergeant
Lancaster, Nathan, TSgt, (1966-1974) Staff Sergeant
Heckel, Charles, Col, (1942-1975) 11 1121Z Colonel
Smith, Ronald R., Col, (1943-1973) 36 0036 Colonel
Foley, Brendan Patrick, Col, (1957-1967) 111 1115E Major
Wright, Gary Gene, Col, (1955-1967) 132 1323F Major
Ford, David Edward, Lt Col, (1953-1985) 157 1575 Captain
Gillenwaters, Harold, Col, (1964-1990) 132 1325F Captain
Greenhalgh, Terry Lynn, Capt, (1963-1968) 102 1021A Captain
Ott, William August, Col, (1956-1970) 132 Captain
Poor, Russell Arden, Lt Col, (1956-1967) 157 1575A Captain
Ruhling, Mark John, Lt Col 155 1555D Captain
Shay, Donald Emerson, Maj, (1967-1970) 158 1585A Captain
Stewart, Charles, Capt, (1964-1984) 470 Captain
Stonebraker, Kenneth Arnold, Lt Col, (1960-1968) 153 1535R Captain
Stroven, William Harry, Capt, (1964-1968) 132 1325F Captain
Thomas, Leo Tarlton, Capt, (1963-1971) 111 1115A Captain
Welch, Robert John, Col, (1961-1967) 132 1325F Captain
Bonner, John, Lt Col, (1968-1989) M10 M 1051 First Lieutenant
Bracy, Ronald, Lt Col, (1962-2002) 103 First Lieutenant
Davies, John Owen, Lt Col, (1964-1984) 157 1571 First Lieutenant
Davies, John Owen, Lt Col, (1964-1984) 157 1571 First Lieutenant
Ferguson, Douglas David, Capt, (1967-1969) 111 1115R First Lieutenant
Mayercik, Ronald Michael, Capt, (1962-1967) 153 1531A First Lieutenant
Petersen, Dennis, Capt, (1967-1972) 104 1045Z First Lieutenant
Webster, William, Capt, (1965-1969) 792 7921 First Lieutenant
Wozniak, Frederick Joseph, Maj, (1963-1967) 132 1323R First Lieutenant
Cable, Quinton, MSgt, (1955-1978) 328 32874 Master Sergeant
Cooley, John, MSgt, (1966-1987) 462 46270 Master Sergeant
Nelson, Kenneth, MSgt, (1953-1973) 702 70270 Master Sergeant
Austin, Melvin, MSgt, (1953-1973) 771 77170 Technical Sergeant
Briner, Lee, MSgt, (1952-1972) 431 43171C Technical Sergeant

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