Knapic, Bernard Richard, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
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Primary Unit
1969-1969, 1115A, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1954 - 1969
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam

Casualty Date
Oct 11, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
17W 067

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Combat Crew Commander

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

  1969-1969, 1115A, 17th Special Operations Squadron

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 17th Special Operations Squadron Details

17th Special Operations Squadron
Combat - Special Operations
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Special Operations Units
Air Squadron
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Last Updated: Jun 13, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Chain of Command
TIME PERIOD HISTORICAL FACTS June 1 1969 ? Activation of the 17th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) replacing the 71st SOS which departed South Vietnam on June 5, 1969 and deactivated on June 18, 1969 at Bakalar AFB, Indiana. The 17th SOS absorbed approximately 65% of the 71st SOS personnel. ? Eighteen (18) AC-119G Shadow Gunships In-Country. ? 17th SOS Commander ? Lt. Col. Richard E. Knie ? Commander of A-Flight at Nha Trang ? Lt. Col. Russell A. O?Connell June 31 1969 Deployment of AC-119G Shadow Gunships even though 14th Combat Support Group Special Order P103, dated 23 July 1969 shows that A- Flight was ordered to relocate from Nha Trang to Tuy Hoa with an effective relocation date of August 3, 1969. A-Flight, Tuy Hoa Air Base - 4 B-Flight, Phan Rang AB - 7 C-Flight, Tan Son Nhut AB - 5 October 11 1969 First AC-119G Aircraft Loss in the crash of Shadow 76 at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. Five of eight crewmembers killed. An USAF photographer from the 600th Photo Squadron was also onboard and was killed. April 13 1970 A-Flight at Tuy Hoa was ordered to relocate to Phu Cat by a 35th Tactical Fighter Wing Special Order AB-2777. Effective date: April 12, 1970. The move was made on the 12th. (SOP) April 28 1970 Second AC-119G Aircraft Loss in the crash of Shadow 78 at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. Six crewmembers killed. Two survivors. May 1 1970 Cambodia Incursion supported at night by AC-119 Gunships. June 1970 Deployment of AC-119 Shadow Gunships: A-Flight, Phu Cat Air Base - 5 B-Flight, Phan Rang AB - 6 C-Flight, Tan Son Nhut - 5 August 1 1970 Daylight Missions start for Shadow Gunships in Cambodia. October 10 1970 17th SOS relocated some Shadow and Stinger Gunships to Tan Son Nhut from Phu Cat and Phan Rang to meet operational demands in Cambodia. Dec29 1970 A-Flight at Phu Cat deactivated. Personnel and aircraft assigned to B- Flight at Phan Rang. Dec 29 1970 Deployment of AC-119 Shadow Gunships: B-Flight, Phan Rang AB - 7 C-Flight, Tan Son Nhut - 9 Sept 10 1971 Last combat mission flown by C-Flight at Tan Son Nhut by USAF Shadow Gunship with C-Flight Commander, Lt. Col. James James as aircraft commander. Fighting C-Flight gunships and support at Tan Son Nhut turned over to the South Vietnam Air Force (VNAF) 819th Combat Squadron. Black Dragon replaced Shadow as radio call sign. Sept 24 1971 Inactivation of 17th Special Operations Squadron and the 14th Special Operations Wing at Phan Rang. Another recorded inactivation date for the 14th SOW is 30 September 1971.

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21 Members Also There at Same Time
17th Special Operations Squadron

Hathaway, John Hooper, Capt, (1963-1969) 111 1115A Captain
Davis, Charles, Lt Col, (1965-1994) 111 1111A Captain
Alves, Moses Lopes, Maj, (1957-1969) 158 1585A Major
Rice, Jerome James, Maj, (1955-1969) 158 1585A Major
Zumhingst, Herbert, Lt Col, (1943-1984) 143 1435Z Major
Wood, Thomas, Col, (1957-1989) 153 1535Z Captain
Humphreys, Edwin, Col, (1966-1994) 434 4344 First Lieutenant
Jeszeck, Joseph Cobden, MSgt, (1944-1970) 431 43174 Master Sergeant
Milne, Bruce, SSgt, (1967-1971) 462 46250 Staff Sergeant
Moore, Abraham Lincoln, SSgt, (1955-1969) 435 43570C Staff Sergeant
Bush, John K, Sgt, (1968-1972) 431 43151A Sergeant
Feuz, Paul, MSgt, (1964-1990) 323 32351 Sergeant
Luke, Donald, Sgt, (1967-1978) 431 43151A Sergeant
Mattison, James, TSgt, (1967-1976) 462 46250 Sergeant
Wood, Thomas, Col, (1957-1989) 211 Captain
Anderson, Meredith Glenn, Maj, (1952-1970) Major
Knowles, Charles Milford, 1st Lt, (1967-1970) First Lieutenant
Lee, Newell, Maj, (1964-1978) First Lieutenant
Lubbers, Thomas Lambert, 1st Lt, (1967-1970) First Lieutenant
Fage, Robert Frederick, SSgt, (1958-1970) Staff Sergeant
Vangelisti, Michael J., Sgt, (1967-1970) Sergeant
Pettitt, Boyd, Sgt, (1966-1970) Airman 1st Class

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