Craddock, Randall James, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1235C-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1972-1972, 1235C, 340th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1967 - 1972
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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Norman
Last Address
Andersen AFB, Guam

Casualty Date
Dec 21, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Not Specified
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Rose Hill Cemetery - Ardmore, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 098

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 Unit Assignments
435th Tactical Fighter Squadron340th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1969-1970, 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1971-1972, 340th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1972-1972, 1235C, 340th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker I
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker II
 Colleges Attended 
University of Oklahoma
  1963-1967, University of Oklahoma
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
  1968-1970, F-4 Phantom
  1970-1872, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
3rd Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Citation



Captain Randall J. Craddock distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as a B-52 Aircraft Commander near Hanoi, North Vietnam, on 20 December 1972. On that date, while participating in one of the most massive conventional bombing raids in the recent history of aerial warfare, and, while attacking his assigned target, Captain Craddock's aircraft came under heavy fire from surface-to-air missiles, antiaircraft artillery, and airborne interceptors receiving substantial battle damage. Despite loss of his aircraft was imminent, Captain Craddock showed complete disregard for his personal safety in continuing the attack and as a result of his heroic actions and professional skill, the target was destroyed. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Captain Craddock reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.




   
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