Swenck, Robert Bennett, Maj

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1970-1971, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
Service Years
1956 - 1971
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Bien Hoa AB

Casualty Date
Nov 25, 1971
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02W 072, Cemetery Unknown, Buried at Sea

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Vietnam War - Commando Hunt VII Campaign (1971-72)
From Month/Year
November / 1971
To Month/Year
March / 1972

This period was from November 1, 1971 -March 29, 1972.
With the onset ofthe dry season, the USAF began another air interdic-
tion campaign on November 1, 1971, COMMADO HUNT VII  was prima-
rily directed against enemy traffic over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos.
although USAF pilots also flew missions in South Vietnam and Cambo-
dia. The campaign consisted of 3 phases. First, U.S. pilots bombed the
Mu Gia and Ban Karai Passes, entry points from North Vietnam into
Laos. In phase 2, tactical aircraft attacked chokepoints on key transpor-
tation routes, bombing or strafing stalled trucks and full storage sites.
Phase 3 began in early 1972, when the Air Force shifted air strikes,
including B-S2 bombing. to entry points between Laos and South
Vietnam. During the 5-month interdiction campaign. B-52s and
AC-130s hit enemy traffic at night. while during the day tactical fighters
bombed and strafed trucks and other targets of opportunity. From
November 1971 through March 1972. U.S. aircraft damaged or de-
stroyed an estimated 10.000 trucks in the Laotian panhandle and about
1.500 more in northeastem Laos.

Besides the interdiction missions along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. USAF
pilots flew close air support sonies for Laotian forces now under increas-
ing pressure from the enemy on the Bolovens Plateau and the Plain of
Jars. On November 25, Royal Laotian troops held most of the Bolovens
Plateau, but within 2 weeks, on December 6, the North Vietnamese once
again drove the Laotian forces from Saravane, on the northem edge of
the plateau. On January 3. 1972, Pak Song. a town 35 miles south of
Saravane, fell to advancing Communist troops and by January 11 the
Bolovens Plateau was in the hands of the Communists. In northern
Laos, on December 18. 1971, the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese
forces mounted a major offensive on the Plain of Jars and on January 31,
1972, cut the highway between the capital, Vientiane, and the old Royal
city of Luang Prabang.

By this time, interdiction and close air support missions in Laos had
become much more dangerous because of greatly improved air defenses.
For example, on March 29. 1972, the U.S. Air Force lost an AC-130 ten
miles southwest of Tchepone to a surface-to-air missile On May 5,
when the Communists first introduced the shoulder-fired infrared heat-
seeking missile. the SA-7 Strela. 1 of the missiles damaged an AC-130
near An Loc. South Vietnam. about 55 miles northwest of Saigon.

During COMMADO HUNT Vll, the USAF mounted several air raids
against targets in North Vietnam in retaliation for enemy fire on recon-
naissance aincraft. On November 7 and 8, I971, U.S. aircraft bombed 3
airlields at Dong Hoi, on the coast 35 miles north of the DMZ; at Vinh,
90 miles further up the coast and about 160 miles south of Hanoi;and
at Quan Lang, on the 20th parallel near the Laotian border and less than
100 miles southwest of Hanoi. From December 26 to 30 the United
States conducted the heaviest air attacks on North Vietnam since October
1968. Flying 1,025 sorties against military installations south of the 20th

In spite of the escalating air and ground war. the U.S. continued to
withdraw its forces from Southeast Asia. On November 17, 1971, the
USAF inactivated the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing and on December 1 the
834th Air Division, at Phu Cat Air Base. Later that month, the USAF
transferred base operations at Phu Cat to the VNAF. By the end of
December only 158,000 U.S. troops of all services remained in South
Vietnam. The withdrawal of American forces continued, although no
progress had as yet been secured in the Paris peace talks. Indeed, in
Febmary and March 1972 Communist delegates again boycotted the
sessions for 4 weeks. In March the 315th Tactical Airlift Wing
inactivated at Phan Rang Air Base, and the 504th Tactical Air Support
Group inactivated at Cam Ranh Bay. While the USAF inactivated or
redeployed units, reduced its manpower, and gave up various functions.
South Vietnamese. Laotian, and Cambodian pilots increasingly flew
interdiction and close air support sortics. as well as airlift and other
support missions.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
November / 1971
To Month/Year
December / 1971
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
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  62 Also There at This Battle:
  • Daugherty, Rodney, 1stSgt, (1967-1985)
  • Goheen, Craig, Lt Col, (1971-2000)
  • Jones, William, Lt Col, (1958-1982)
  • Kittinger, Joseph William, Col, (1949-1978)
  • Love, Steve, MSgt, (1968-1993)
  • Lovell, Craig, Lt Col, (1969-1990)
  • Newhouse, James, Col, (1969-1999)
  • Nolan, Dan, SMSgt, (1970-1997)
  • Preston, David, Capt, (1968-1973)
  • Romero, Anthony, MSgt, (1961-1985)
  • Rouviere, Phillip, SSgt, (1966-1972)
  • Schluter, Boyd, MSgt, (1954-1975)
  • Sloan, John, Col, (1961-1986)
  • Swartz, James, MSgt, (1962-1983)
  • Wade, Charles, SMSgt, (1957-1977)
  • Worley, Stephen, SMSgt, (1968-1994)
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