Barnette, Fred Edward, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43171A-Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 1st Special Operations Group, 1st Special Operations Wing
Service Years
1955 - 1967
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Clifton Forge
Last Address
Nha Trang AB

Casualty Date
Apr 26, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Khanh Hoa (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
18E 090

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Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II Campaign (1967-68)
From Month/Year
March / 1967
To Month/Year
March / 1968

This period was from March 9, 1967-March 31, 1968.
On March 10, 1967. Seventh Air Force F-105s and F-4s bombed a
new target. the Thai Nguyen iron and steel plant. 30 miles north of
Hanoi. The Tnuuoaa bombing campaign continued with
strikes against bridges. petroleum storage. cement plants. and power
transformer stations near Hanoi. USAF and naval aircraft also con-
ducted armed reconnaissance over most of North Vietnam. Missions
against major supply routes from China targeted railroad yards. repair
facilities. bridges. and support areas. Early in August 1967 American
air attacks against the Paul Doutner Bridge in I-lanoi knocked out the
center span. Poor weather in the first 3 months of I968 forced U.S.
aircraft to rely almost exclusively on all-weather bombing techniques
in North Vietnam; nevertheless. the Paul Doumer Bridge remained
unusable most of the time. While overland routes might be inter-
dicted. Haiphong harbor and docks still remained off limits to U.S.
pilots. A continuous flow of supplies moved through the port from
the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union, which largely
offset North Vietnam's losses.

U.S. aircraft used electronic countermeasures and other techniques to
limit the effectiveness of North Vietnam's antiaircraft defenses.
North Vietnamese forces fired 55 SAM: on the average for each U.S.
aircraft destroyed. To reduce the threat of a resurgent North Vietnam-
ese Air Force. in April 1967 the United States bombed MiG bases.
destroying several jet aircraft on the ground. In aerial combat during
the first 6 months of 1967 (primarily in April. May. and June). U.S.
pilots destroyed 54 MiGs while losing ll aircraft. But between
August 1967 and February 1968. the United States lost l8 aircraft to
MiGs while destroying only 5 enemy aircraft. On January 14, 1968.
two MiGs shot down an EB-66 that was jamming enemy radars from
an orbit 90 miles from Hanoi. The USAF subsequently used the
vulnerable EB-66s in already established orbits over Laos and the
Gulf of Tonkin. accepting degradation of jamming to lessen the risks
of aerial interception.

On April 6, 1967. the North Vietnam Anny and Viet Cong forces
attacked Quang Tri. the northemmost provincial capital. 20 miles
south of the dcmilitarized zone. To counter the offensive. on May I8
South Vietnamese and U.S. troops entered the DMZ for the first time.
USAF B-52s. tactical air forces. and naval and army artillery strikes
combined with Allied ground forces to destroy temporarily NVA
strength in the zone. The NVA then shifted its artillery positions
north of the DMZ. rebuilt its forces in the area. and on September l
renewed attacks on the U.S. Marine base at Con 11tien. immediately
south of the DMZ. With forward air controllers pinpointing artillery
and other targets, the USAF began an aerial attempt to destroy enemy
positions. and by October 4 the North Vietnam Anny had been forced
to withdraw once again.

Shortly afterward. in November 1967, U.S. forces conducting search
and destroy operations in the Central Highlands encountered strong
Viet Cong resistance near Dalt To. I5 miles east of the border junction
between Laos. Cambodia. and the Republic of Vietnam. Tactical
aircraft and B-52s provided close air support while USAF C-130s
flew supplies and reinforcements to the Dak To airstrip. U.S.
air-power inflicted heavy casualties. and the enemy withdrew on
November 24.

In the Laotian part of the conflict. during the summer of 1967, Sev-
enth Air Force provided extensive air support to Laotian troops
battling the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese forces on the Plain of
Jars near Luang Prabang. The I-lo Chi Minh Trail in the Laotian
panhandle also came under constant attack. Between December 1967
and February 1968. Seventh Air Force pilots flew over 20.000 sorties
against transportation lines in Laos and claimed destruction of more
than 3.000 trucks. But the Communists continued to build up forces
in Laos and Cambodia in preparation for a major offensive that began
on January 21. 1968. when the NVA surrounded and laid siege to Khe
Sanh. a U.S. Marine base in a valley 7 miles east of the Laotian
border and 15 miles south of the demilitarized zone.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
March / 1967
To Month/Year
December / 1967
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories
Units Participated in Operation

355th Wing - Desert Lightning

My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  168 Also There at This Battle:
  • Abbott, Joseph S., Lt Col, (1954-1977)
  • Baum, Gary, A1C, (1964-1968)
  • Bellin, Richard, Sgt, (1966-1969)
  • Betts, Chobby, SSgt, (1961-1972)
  • Bosh, David, 1stSgt, (1963-1986)
  • Bragg, Robert, MSgt, (1965-1985)
  • Brassem, Jan, Capt, (1964-1968)
  • Brickel, James Russell, Lt Gen, (1952-1984)
  • Dudley, Ralph, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Durnell, Dale L., SMSgt, (1964-1991)
  • Dye, Randle, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Folks, Walter, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Gleason, Thomas, SSgt, (1966-1970)
  • Green, Joe Bob, Col, (1954-1975)
  • Gruver, John Carlton, Col, (1954-1984)
  • Hall, Woodrow, CMSgt, (1962-1988)
  • Hart, Charlie
  • Hatcher, Jerry, MSgt, (1986-2006)
  • Heiliger, Donald Lester, Col, (1955-1985)
  • Heiniger, Keith D., Col, (1954-1977)
  • Henderson, Harry, CMSgt, (1964-1988)
  • Henn, Michael, MSgt, (1964-1987)
  • Hoggatt, Ralph Sellers, Col, (1942-1980)
  • Holbury, Robert James, Maj Gen, (1942-1972)
  • Holton, William, Airman, (1967-1968)
  • Horinek, Ramon Anton, Lt Col, (1953-1983)
  • Hurst, Ernest, SSgt, (1963-1971)
  • Ingelido, Michael Joseph, Maj Gen, (1941-1972)
  • Johnson, Kenneth Richard, Lt Col, (1955-1985)
  • Jones, Clifford, MSgt, (1957-1980)
  • Jones, William, SMSgt, (1960-1980)
  • Kindle, Gary, SSgt, (1966-1970)
  • Koeltzow, Paul Fredrick, Col, (1951-1975)
  • Kovatch, John, MSgt, (1962-1984)
  • Larsen, Dick, SMSgt, (1961-1981)
  • LeBrescu, Roger, Sgt, (1967-1971)
  • Libby, Donald, SSgt, (1965-1969)
  • Logan, Roger, Sgt, (1966-1969)
  • Long, Campbell, MSgt, (1964-2006)
  • Looker, Raymond, Sgt, (1966-1969)
  • Lynch, James, SMSgt, (1965-1991)
  • Madison, Thomas Mack, Col, (1952-1983)
  • Martin, Winford, MSgt, (1965-1986)
  • Matassa, David, TSgt, (1965-1985)
  • McCommons, Harry, CMSgt, (1955-1985)
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