Ramsey, David, A1C

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Airman 1st Class
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1969-1970, 23250, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
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23250-Still Photographer
Service Years
1966 - 1970
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Airman 1st Class

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Retired from Boeing.
Living in Thailand.

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  1969-1970, 23250, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing

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 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing Details

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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645 Withers, Douglas (Doug), TSgt 48

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2013
Memories For This Unit

Best Moment
Enlisting Bar girls to be in an offical Air Force Documentry film of "Do's and Dont's" for new incoming personell to the base.

Worst Moment
Recoving the bodies of my fellow airmen killed after an RF-4C crashed into the AFTN TV station on base.

My Photos For This Unit
14th TRS RF-4C, Udorn RTAFB
Former site of the 11th TRS PPIF
Lao pilot training, Nam Phong AB, Thailand
82 Members Also There at Same Time
432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing

Heckel, Charles, Col, (1942-1975) 112 1121Z Colonel
Smith, Ronald R., Col, (1943-1973) 36 0036 Colonel
Wright, David Irvin, Maj, (1957-1970) 111 1115A Major
Cornwell, Leroy Jason, Capt, (1967-1971) 111 1115R Captain
Gillenwaters, Harold, Col, (1964-1990) 132 1325F Captain
Gilman, John, Capt, (1967-1971) 434 4344 Captain
McCreery, William, Maj, (1957-1982) 642 6421 Captain
Shay, Donald Emerson, Maj, (1967-1970) 158 1585A Captain
Thomas, Leo Tarlton, Capt, (1963-1971) 111 1115A Captain
Bloodworth, Donald Bruce, Capt, (1967-1970) 155 1555C First Lieutenant
Bonner, John, Lt Col, (1968-1989) A23 AAF MOS 1051 First Lieutenant
Ferguson, Douglas David, Capt, (1967-1969) 111 1115R First Lieutenant
Petersen, Dennis, Capt, (1967-1972) 104 1045Z First Lieutenant
Cable, Quinton, MSgt, (1955-1978) 328 32874 Master Sergeant
Nelson, Kenneth, MSgt, (1953-1973) 702 70270 Master Sergeant
Austin, Melvin, MSgt, (1953-1973) 771 77170 Technical Sergeant
Dolven, James, TSgt, (1963-1979) 241 24170 Technical Sergeant
Bruce, Robert, SSgt, (1966-1970) 671 67153 Staff Sergeant
Daniels, Orel, SSgt, (1963-1971) 328 32874 Staff Sergeant
Gaines, James (Jim), Maj, (1961-1989) 234 23450 Staff Sergeant
Hamilton, Louis, SSgt, (1963-1971) 702 70270 Staff Sergeant
Marquez, Raymundo, SSgt, (1967-1971) 645 64550 Staff Sergeant
Packer, Freddie, CMSgt, (1967-1994) 431 43151F Staff Sergeant
Sharp, Richard, SSgt, (1968-1972) 206 20670 Staff Sergeant
Theriault, Lawrence, SSgt, (1966-1970) 204 20450 Staff Sergeant
Berrier, Gary, SMSgt, (1968-1994) 402 40250 Sergeant
Cannady, Stan, SMSgt, (1968-1994) 3A 3A0X1 Sergeant
Chancey, James, SSgt, (1966-1970) 421 42153 Sergeant
Conner, Donnie, Sgt, (1966-1970) 671 67153 Sergeant
Dickmann, Dennis, Sgt, (1965-1969) 702 70250 Sergeant
Flaherty, Ed, Sgt, (1966-1969) 206 20650 Sergeant
Flood, Ronald, Sgt, (1969-1973) 301 30151 Sergeant
Fosnot, James, Sgt, (1968-1972) 462 46250 Sergeant
Guy, David, SMSgt, (1969-2008) 421 42153 Sergeant
Henning, Doug, Sgt, (1967-1971) 304 30450 Sergeant
Jasinski, Bruce, MSgt, (1965-1987) 301 30154 Sergeant
Jones, Edwin, Sgt, (1969-1973) 204 20450 Sergeant
Kinney, Paul, Sgt, (1968-1976) 204 20450 Sergeant
Leonardo, Bruce, TSgt, (1968-1991) 423 42354 Sergeant
McCallon, Gregory, Sgt, (1966-1972) 431 43151C Sergeant
McIntosh, Carl, Sgt, (1967-1971) 204 20450 Sergeant
Miller, Jeffry, Sgt, (1968-1972) 328 32853 Sergeant
Morgan, Tom, SSgt, (1969-1976) 328 32850 Sergeant
Puckett, David, TSgt, (1970-1992) 645 64570 Sergeant
Rowland, Eugene, Sgt, (1966-1969) 462 46250 Sergeant
Rowse, Terence, SSgt, (1966-1970) 293 29352 Sergeant
Secatch, Steve, Sgt, (1967-1971) 631 63150 Sergeant
Snicale, Jeffrey, SSgt, (1967-1971) 901 90150 Sergeant
Spinden, Lex, Sgt, (1969-1975) 391 39150 Sergeant
Stepancik, Jim, Sgt, (1967-1971) 732 73250 Sergeant
Tentindo, Tony, Sgt, (1966-1970) 402 40250 Sergeant
Wegg, Michael, Sgt, (1967-1971) 325 32550A Sergeant
Bernstein, Curtis, MSgt, (1968-1992) 402 40230 Airman 1st Class
Windsor, Donald, CMSgt, (1970-2007) 922 92250 Airman 1st Class
Ott, William August, Col, (1956-1970) 132 Captain
Stewart, Charles, Capt, (1964-1984) 470 Captain
Bracy, Ronald, Lt Col, (1962-2002) 103 First Lieutenant
Grabin, Samuel, Sgt, (1968-1972) 00 Sergeant
Jensen, James, Sgt, (1966-1970) 00 Sergeant

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