Bourque, Valmore William, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1964-1964, 1045A, 309th Air Commando Squadron, Troop Carrier
Service Years
1960 - 1964

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
South Hadley Falls
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut AB

Casualty Date
Oct 24, 1964
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
US Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 067

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Association of Graduates USAFAVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1960, Association of Graduates USAFA
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
11th Aeromedical Airlift Squadron315th Troop Carrier Group309th Air Commando Squadron, Troop Carrier
  1961-1963, 11th Aeromedical Airlift Squadron
  1964-1964, 315th Troop Carrier Group
  1964-1964, 1045A, 309th Air Commando Squadron, Troop Carrier
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1964 Vietnam Advisory Campaign (1961-65)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force Academy
  1955-1960, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-131 Samaritan  C-123 Provider  
  1963-1963, C-131 Samaritan
  1964-1964, C-123 Provider
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Bourque was the first USAFA graduate to be lost in Vietnam.

His C-123B Provider (#55-4549), of the 315th Troop Carrier Group at Tan Son Nhut AB, took off from Nha Trang to drop ammunition to an isolated Special Forces camp at Bu Prang (possibly A-236 5th SFG camp) close to the Cambodian border. During the mission it wandered over the border and was hit in the starboard engine by AAA from within Cambodia itself. The aircraft crashed with the loss of all on board a few miles from Phum Duk Dam just inside Cambodia. A second C-123 was damaged by ground fire on the same mission.

The men lost in the incident:  (all with profiles on USAF and Army TWS sites)
Capt Edward Stephen Krukowski (KIA)
1Lt Valmore William Bourque (KIA)
1Lt Robert George Armstrong (KIA)
SSgt Ernest Joseph Halvorson (KIA)
SSgt Theodore Bert Phillips (KIA)
AIC Eugene Richardson (KIA)

SSgt Lawrence Woods, US Army, 5th Special Forces Group (MIA)  
PFC Charles Pierce Sparks, US Army (KIA)  


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