Doyle, Raymond Edgar, Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
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Primary Unit
1963-1963, 13th Air Force
Service Years
1958 - 1963
First Lieutenant

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SrA Kelly Doyle to remember Doyle, Raymond Edgar, Jr., 1st Lt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Pope AFB
TDY Tan Son Nhut AB

Casualty Date
Apr 12, 1963
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 021

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 Unit Assignments
777th Troop Carrier Squadron464th Troop Carrier Wing13th Air Force
  1963-1963, 777th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1963-1963, 464th Troop Carrier Wing
  1963-1963, 13th Air Force
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The Citadel
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C-123 Provider  
  1063-1963, C-123 Provider
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Last Known Activity
My uncle Ray Doyle was a pilot in the US Air Force from 1958 until his death in 1963.

After he graduated from The Citadel he joined the Air Force and was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base as well as Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC.  He worked in the Office of Special Investigations until called to serve in the Vietnam conflict "Secret War" in 1963 to mine air strips in Laos and other areas of concern while piloting a C-123.

Lt. Raymond Doyle flew out on a mission for a fellow pilot who was ill. During this mission, he was instructed to land his C-123 on an air strip. This air strip had been mined the day before, but wasn't reported as having been done so.

This mistake cost my uncle his life.

The C-123 crashed on take-off from the still-under-construction airfield at Nakon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand, killing three crewmen and two Thai civilians on the ground. A 4th crewman, SSgt. Carson,  died 3 days later.

The left wing of  C-123 (#56-4380) of the aircraft hit a house while the C-123 was attempting to snare a red flag on top of a flagpole. Two died on ground.  The crew was based at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand.

Crew lost:
1Lt. Raymond Doyle
1LT. Richard L. Hatlestad
SSgt Stanley E. Truesdale
SSgt. Donald S. Carson (survived the crash, but died 15 April 1963)

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