Boado, Emil Edward, Jr., Maj

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1968-1969, 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1963 - 1969
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North Carolina
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Home Town
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Last Address
Korat RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Jan 14, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Wilmington National Cemetery (VA) - Wilmington, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
35W 088

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National Cemetery Administration (NCA)Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Jan 13, 2015

REMEMBRANCE IN PROGRESS - SUBJECT TO CHANGE -------- From Rich Hopka AFTWS Historian: F-4E Tail #67-0294 Accident, believed to be at Korat RTAFB 7th Air Force 388th TFW 469th TFS He was with: Wilson, Joseph G. iii, 1Lt-Fallen '69 -------- Let us not forget Major Emil E Boado, casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Air Force, MAJ Boado served our country until January 14th, 1969 in Thailand. He was 34 years old and was Emil died from unknown causes. His body was recovered. Emil was born on March 16th, 1934 in Wilmington, North Carolina. MAJ Boado is on panel 35W, line 088 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. -------- Page 4 Wednesday 03/10/2004 8:14:47pmName: Steve BarkerE-Mail: Homepage Title: Homepage URL:Referred By: Search EngineLocation: Gig Harbor, WA Comments: What a great site you created! I too was stationed at Korat from April of 68 through Mar of 69. For mostof my tour, I was one of the sentrys posted at the entry point to Apache Village. I came to know some terrific crew members, both the Pilots and GIB's. Both Colonel Douglas and Colonel McDonald were Wing Commanders duringmy tour. During those tense times, the crews were always uptight before leaving for their next mission and during football season, I had some buddies in the Comm Squadron that I got the college football scores from. I would then share the scores with the various pilots and their crews upon their return from flights "downtown" andotherwise. We lost some damn good people while I was posted over there including Captain Ray Koontz of the 469thTFS. Tragically, he had already completed his 100th mission and was ferrying a Thud back from Clark AFB whichhad been overhauled. I also remember losing Major Emil Boado just three weeks after he made me join him up on the Alter at Christmas Mass at the base chapel. Father Gasparavic was the chaplain and was pretty good at gettingeveryone to move forward or join in for some singing at the Masses. Lt. Col Ellis who succeed Col. "Doc" Blanchard as our Deputy DCO helped get me into the backseat of a Thud for my first ride and Captain Redmond of the 44th TFS broke the speed of sound with me in his back seat.I remember that flight so vividly because it occurred on the same afternoon after the Bob Hope Christmas show in 68 over atCamp Friendship. Apparently though, since it was a test flight, the wrong person gave the green light for me to go up. Colonel Bill Craig, the DCO gave me a stern warning the next morning not to say a word about that flight, as I never should have been allowed up. Two months later, Colonel McDonald queried me about my ride in the Thud. I said"Sir, what do you mean?" He said don't try to BS him, he knew that I had gone up for a ride. I then confessed and saidit was one s---hot ride. He then asked if I'd like to go up in a real bird, meaning his beloved Phantom. That would be the same Phantom that some devious Thud jocks had decorated with some red paint while Col Mac was attending the River Rats Convention at Tahkli AFB. I said "you name the time and date sir." I was scheduled to go up three dayslater, but my step mother was killed in an accident back in the states and I had to get home on emergency leave. I had less than a month remaining on my tour so, I never got back to Korat and missed my other ride. Lt. Col Guy Sherrill, commanded the 44th TFS Weasels and actually tried to pay me a visit at my next assignment at Castle AFB inMerced, CA but I was TDY down in Biloxi getting two weeks of computer training since I had cross-trained to be Command Post Controller. I later met a fella who worked as a crew chief at Korat and he was stationed at the sametime I was. His name is Dale Summy and he lives in Citrus Heights, CA if anyone remembers him. I can also attest to being among the "team of four" that helped throw Col Douglas into the pool following his 100 Mission celebration. Should Col Craig, or Col Stewart, Col Sherrill,or Major "Frosty Sheridan," ever read this, I would love to hear fromyou or anyone else that remembers Barker over in Korat. ---------

Full Name: EMIL E BOADO Wall Name: EMIL E BOADO Date of Birth: 3/16/1934 Date of Casualty: 1/14/1969 Home of Record: WILMINGTON State: NC Branch of Service: AIR FORCE Rank: MAJ Casualty Country: THAILAND Casualty Province: QUANG TRI The following remembrances have been left at The Virtual Wall for EMIL E BOADO: If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. Emil E. BOADO, USAF...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!!!!!! Posted by Photo Posted by Thank You! Posted by Emily Zuege you paid the price Posted by Gary Mason, a USAF comrade --------- "EMIL E BOADO , I was "in country" when you made the supreme sacrifice. I never met you there and until now I didn't know you were gone. But from now on, every time I hold my hand over my heart at our anthem, I will remember you, dear friend." Posted by: Gary Mason Email: Relationship: a USAF comrade Thursday, September 11, 2003 ------- About Rebecca Paisley: Rebecca Boado Rosas is thee daughter of Major Emil Edward Boado of the U.S. Air Force, who died during the war of Vietnam. Since her childhood years she enjoyed reading, and at five years, she began to write a repugnant poem to her sister. Rebecca published her first romance novel in 1990, until her pseudonym Rebecca Paisley. She is the winner of two Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Awards. She won in 1995 the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award .She is a member of the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll, which honors authors who have made one of the major newspapers' bestseller lists. Though Paisley was telling friends in 2002 that she was writing again, she hasn't published since then. ---------- US Air Force Maj Emil E Boado, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Wilmington, NC. US Air Force Maj Emil E Boado was a member of the Air Force, MAJ Boado served our country until January 14th, 1969 in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. He was 34 years old and was married. It was reported that he died when his plane crashed. His body was recovered. MAJ Boado is on panel 35W, line 088 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Emil's Parents were Emil, Sr. and his wife, Jean, who resided in the political capitol of the world, Cook County, Chicago, Illinois. Emil was from the Philippines, but his preference was the United States of America to live his life. On March 16, 1934, Jean Bardo gave birth to their first child, Emil Edward, Jr. Later a son, Edward, and a daughter, Jacqueline, were welcomed completing the family. Emil, Sr. was an employee of a railroad line. In the thirties, Wilmington, North Carolina, was a railroad town and Emil transferred to this seaport location. He relocated his family to Wilmington when Emil Jr. was seven years old, and enrolled him in the public school system in New Hanover County. As he advanced through the school system, he became very active and excelled in sports. He played high school baseball, soccer and was a member of the New Hanover County State Champion Football Team. In the summer, he played outfield on the Post #10 American Legion Baseball team along with Sonny Jurgensen and other gifted athletes. In college, he was president of the freshman and junior classes. His classmates described him as a very likable person with a wonderful witty personality. One of his associates in the U.S. Air Force described him as, "extroverted, unable to be embarrassed, witty, corny, family first, talented, great hands (good pilot), dependable, loved by his students and admired by his peers". While attending East Carolina, he enrolled into the U.S. Air Force ROTC program. It was during this time that he was attracted to and married Betty McFadder a registered nurse from Jacksonville, North Carolina. The James Walker Memorial Hospital was Betty McFadder Bardo's location of nursing service. Their marriage would produce two lovely daughters, Rebecca and Lisa. Emil excelled in pilot training, while he attended school in Big Spring, Texas. After he completed training, he became an instructor. As he advanced to more sophisticated aircraft, he advanced his schooling at Squadron Officers School in Montgomery, Alabama. They were also impressed with his performance, and retained him as an instructor. His athletic ability led to a job offer as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy. His love for flying was the reason for his decline. In November 1968, Major Emil Boado Jr had a squadron of 22 US F4 Phantom jets stationed in Florida. Major Bardo took his flight of 22 US F4 Phantom jets to Korat, Thailand via Hawaii. This was the first F4 Phantom jet introduced into the Vietnam War. His unit was designated as the 469 TFS, 388 TFW, USAF, USAF, Korat. Emil Bardo and his US F4s were departing Korat Air Base in Thailand on January 14, 1969, when one of the jets crashed. In the first F4 (F4-E 67-0294) loss of the Vietnam War, Emil lost his life. The pilot with him was Lt. Joseph G. Wilson, the son of General(two-star)Joseph Wilson, Director of Air Operations, for South Vietnam also perished in the crash. General Wilson chose Emil as a flying companion for his son. For Major Bardo's experience and superior status he was well known, consequently creating a comfort zone for the situation. Major Emil Edward Bardo, Jr. was laid to rest on January 21, 1969, in the Wilmington National Cemetery, Plot 2, # 2228. Emil E. Bardo, Jr. is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 35W, Row 88, in Washington, DC. NOTE: Writer, Harold Gold Davis is a member of Post #10, American Legion, and a Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Mr. Davis resides with his wife, Alida, in Wilmington, NC with strong ties to Person County. E-mail WILMINGTON MORNING STAR OBITUARY - MAJ EMIL BOADO DIES IN THAILAND. Maj Emil Edward Boado, 511 Forest Grove Avenue, Jacksonville, died in Thailand, Southeast Asia, 14 January 1969. He was born in Chicago, Illinois March 16, 1934 and son of Jean Wilczek Boado, Chicago, Illinois, and the late Emil Asperin Boado. He was a member of Saint Mary's Catholic Church of Wilmington. Suvivors include his widow, Mrs Betty McPhatter Boado of Jacksonville; two daughters, Miss Rebecca Gail Boado of the home and Miss Lisa Gay Boado of Jacksonville; his Mother, Mrs Jean Wilczek Boado of Chicago, ILlinois, one brother, Eddie Boado of Charleston, SC and one sister; Mrs Jackie Boado Clark of Greenville, SC. The family will be at 511 Forest Grove Avenue, Jacksonville, pending arrival of the body. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Andrews Mortuary, Wimington. Emil was a friend, and fellow fighter pilot, but more important, a great father and husband. Emil was a gifted and decent human being who died in the defense of his country. He will be forever missed. P.J.White, He served with the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388 Tactical Fighter Wing, USAF, Korat, Thailand. He was awarded The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal and The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters. Burial: Wilmington National Cemetery Wilmington New Hanover County North Carolina, USA Plot: 2-2228 Created by: Tom Reece Record added: Dec 01, 2006 Find A Grave Memorial# 16873605 -------- From: Anderson, GF (Spike), Maj USAF(Ret) Emil was an instructor at Squadron Officers School, Maxwell, AL, in 1965 when I attended. He was quite the dynamic character, but what I remember the most was his memory. I met him again in '68, went up to him to reintroduce myself and he said "Hi Spike." He had to have thousands of students go through SOS, and he said he remembered most of their names. Spike

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