Fales, Philippe B., Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 505th Tactical Control Group
Service Years
1956 - 1969
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Neulilly, France; Carmel, California
Last Address
Bien Hoa AB

Casualty Date
Nov 16, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
16W 083, Cemetery Unknown

 Official Badges 

Missileman (Basic)

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
19th Tactical Air Support Squadron505th Tactical Control Group
  1969-1969, 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1969-1969, 505th Tactical Control Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
  1969-1969 Vietnam War - Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1952-1956, United States Naval Academy1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-47 Stratojet  WC-130 Hercules  OV-10 Bronco  
  1957-1960, B-47 Stratojet
  1966-1968, WC-130 Hercules
  1969-1969, OV-10 Bronco
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1956, Major Fales attended primary pilot training at the Marana Air Base in Arizona in Class 57T (1956-7).

During the Vietnam War, then Captain Fales was a "Rash" Forward Air Controller assigned to Bien Hoa. He was flying OV-10A (# 67-14644) from Tay Ninh City supporting the 1st Air Cavalry Division. He was flying visual reconnaissance near Katum when he was shot down by ground fire eight miles southeast of Katum, Tay Ninh. An Army helicopter arrived at the crash site shortly after he crashed and recovered his body.

Born in Neulilly, France while his father was a military attache to the American Embassy in Paris, full name was Philippe Bunau-Varilla Fales. He was the son of U.S. Army Major General Eugene W. Fales (deceased 1963). 

At one point, Major Fales served at Malmstrom AFB "in the first days of the Minuteman Missile System activation" according to vvmf.org source. He had received his primary training at Marana Air Base, Arizona (Class 57T from Spring 1956 - Summer 1957).
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