Patch, Donald Charles, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 1st Special Operations Squadron
Service Years
1955 - 1965
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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Bien Hoa AB

Casualty Date
Oct 02, 1965
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Rosebud Cemetery - Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 102

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Vietnam Defensive Campaign (1965-66)
From Month/Year
March / 1965
To Month/Year
January / 1966

This period was from March 2, 1965-January 30, 1966.
On June 29. I966. the USAF bombed petroleum storage and distribu-
tion facilities for the first time in the immediate vicinity of Hanoi and
Haiphong, after political leaders authorized limited and specific strikes
within the buffer zones for these cities. Gen. William W. Momyer
replaced General Moore as Seventh Air Force Commander on July l.
The United States expanded the Rotuwo Tittmou campaign as of July
9 to include petroleum targets in the northeast and rail lines and
highways between China and Hanoi. although the buffer zone on the
border limited targets. American aircraft also flew armed reconnais-
sance over North Vietnam.
On July 30. 1966. the USAF bombed targets in the dernilitariaed zone
(DMZ) to counter the build-up of North Vietnamese forces there. By
September the U.S. air campaign against North Vietnam had destroyed
or damaged two-thirds of the enemy's petroleum storage capacity.
several thousand trucks and watercraft. hundreds of rail cars and
bridges. and numerous ammunition and supply storage areas. Begin-
ning on February l4. I967. USAF aircraft hit additional strategic
targets in North Vietnam, knocking out major power plants. and
railyard repair facilities. But these results had little effect on the
enemy's ability to carry on the war. because the country possessed
only a small industrial base and imported most of its military materiel.
In the face of extensive air attacks. North Vietnam further strength-
ened iut air defenses. By January I967, the United States had lost 45
aircraft within 2 years. Antiaireraft guns and SAMs accounted for
most of the losses. but MiGs continued to challenge U.S. air strikes.
On January 2 the Seventh Air Force enticed a large MiG-2| force
over North Vietnam into battle against F-4s. The USAF pilots
destroyed 7 MiGs within I2 minutes without a loss. Four days later.
on January 6. the Seventh destroyed 2 more MiGs. and the North
Vietnamese temporarily abandoned aerial combat to regroup and
In South Vietnam Allied forces continued search and destroy opera-
tions. blunting new Viet Cong and North Vietnamese offensives.
Between July I4 and August 4, 1966. U.S. Marines and South Viet-
namese troops battled North Vietnam Army forces near Quang Tri. 20
miles south of the DMZ. Later. between October I5 and November
26. the Allies engaged in a major battle with Viet Cong and NVA

forces northwest of Tay Ninh. near the Cambodian border. 60 miles
northwest of Saigon. Enemy resistance was light at first. but on
November 4. as ARVN and U.S. troops approached storage areas. the
Viet Cong and NVA counterattaclted. The Allies responded by
airlifting more troops. including elements of the U.S. Amty’s lst. 4th.
and 25th Infantry Divisions. and the l73rd Airborne Brigade. The
USAF provided close air suppon. and between November 8 and 25.
B-52s bombed targets in the area. The Allies drove the enemy from
the region temporarily. seizing weapons. ammunition. food. and other
supplies that the Communist forces left behind.
The next year. between Febmary and May I967, U.S. Anny units
joined ARVN forces to retum to Tay Ninh Province, about $0 miles
north of Saigon and l5 miles northeast of Tay Ninh. Seventh Air
Force C-l30s drtmped American paratroopers near the Cambodian
border to cut off the Viet Cong retreat. The airlifters also flew
reinforcements and supplies to the ground troops during this opera-
tion. With the help of forward air controllers flying O-ls. Air Force
F-I00 and F-4 pilots provided close air support. and AC-47 gunship
crews illuminated targets and conducted air strikes at night. Again,
the enemy withdrew into Cambodia. leaving behind weapons. sup-
plies. and ammunition.

In the panhmdle of Laos.’the USAF pounded enemy forces on the Ho
Chi Minh Trail. while in northem Laos U.S. pilots supported Allied
forces under attack. By August 1966 Laotian troops fighting Pathet
Lao insurgents had advanced. with the aid of U.S. close air support. to
Nam Bac. only 45 miles west of the North Vietnamese border and
about 55 miles northeast of Luang Prabang. an ancient city on the
Mekong River some 130 miles north of Vientiane. The Laotian gains
were short lived, however, and by February 2. I967. the insurgents
had regained lost territory and were in a position to attack the airfield
at Luang Prabang.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
March / 1965
To Month/Year
December / 1965
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
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  • Barron, William, A2C, (1963-1967)
  • Broughton, Jacksel Markham, Col, (1942-1968)
  • Crawford, David, A1C, (1962-1966)
  • Dick, Max A., CMSgt, (1941-1971)
  • Donovan, William, Lt Col, (1959-1980)
  • Elander, William James, Lt Col, (1957-1978)
  • Frazier, Robert R., MSgt, (1957-1968)
  • Hallmark, Jim, A1C, (1963-1967)
  • Hardy, Richard, A2C, (1962-1966)
  • Harrington, Scott, Capt, (1962-1967)
  • Hobby, Charles, A1C, (1964-1968)
  • HONEYCUTT, GEORGE, A2C, (1961-1965)
  • Hopkins, Dick, SSgt, (1961-1969)
  • Johnson, Floyd (Lou), SMSgt, (1962-1988)
  • Johnson, Samuel Robert, Col, (1951-1979)
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  • Jones, William, Lt Col, (1958-1982)
  • Lamb Jr., Allen, T., Lt Col, (1958-1978)
  • Lilly, Warren Robert, Col, (1956-1980)
  • Littley, Daniel, Maj, (1961-1988)
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  • Marshall, Hayward, A1C, (1962-1966)
  • Mastaler, Terrell, A1C, (1962-1966)
  • Mathews, John, Maj, (1951-1971)
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