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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Aircrew Enlisted (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
14th Air Commando WingTactical Air Command (TAC)7th Air Force4th Air Commando Squadron
1st Special Operations Group, 1st Special Operations Wing
  1967-1967, 14th Air Commando Wing
  1967-1967, Tactical Air Command (TAC)
  1967-1967, 7th Air Force
  1967-1967, 4th Air Commando Squadron
  1967-1967, 1st Special Operations Group, 1st Special Operations Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II Campaign (1967-68)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AC-47 Spooky/Puff  
  1966-1967, AC-47 Spooky/Puff
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 AC-47D Tail #43-48921 boots date 22 Jan 67 7th Air Force 14th Air Commando Wing 4th Air Commando Squadron
Those lost:
Major Burnett Neal
Major Bruce Williams
1stLt. Cliff Burnett
SSgt. Frederick Barnette
SSgt. Robert Davis
SSgt Thomas Preaux
A1C Michael Stephens

PUC Citation 14th Air Commando Wing:
"The 14th Air Commando Wing, United States Air Force distinguished itself by extraordinary heroism, exceptional gallantry and outstanding performance of duty in action against hostile forces in Southeast Asia from 8 March 1966 to 7 March 1967. Flying thousands of widely diversified sorties, elements of the Wing caused many enemy casualties and destroyed or damaged more than 8,500 structures, 500 trucks and 60 fuel sites as well as numerous automatic weapon positions, radio stations, bridges and boats. Flying the venerable C-47 aircraft, one squadron of the Wing helped abort a large number of night hostile operations against friendly forts and hamlets through flare drops and minigun saturation fire. Despite the often heavy and accurate enemy antiaircraft fire, the search and rescue missions of the Wing recovered 91 skilled airmen during this period. In addition, the Wing's psychological warfare missions directly or indirectly influenced the surrender of thousands of enemy soldiers. Through their valorous acts and untiring devotion to mission accomplishment personnel of the Wing have equaled the highest standards of performance in the United States Air Force and their actions reflect credit upon themselves and the armed forces of their country."

Note:  Further information relates that this crash may have been due to a mechanical failure as indicated by the report at:


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