Goucher, Edward Louis, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 315th Air Commando Wing
Service Years
1963 - 1967

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by A3C Michael S. Bell to remember Goucher, Edward Louis, Capt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Oklahoma City
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut AB

Casualty Date
Sep 04, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Lam Dong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
25E 100

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 Unit Assignments
19th Air Commando Squadron315th Air Commando Wing
  1967-1967, 19th Air Commando Squadron
  1967-1967, 315th Air Commando Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Central Texas College
  1958-1961, Central Texas College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-123 Provider  
  1967-1967, C-123 Provider
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Capt Edward Goucher was the co-pilot of a C-123K and crashed in a severe storm in Lam Dong Province in South Viet Nam on Sept. 4, 1967.

He was killed when the C-123K Provider (#54-0621) in which he was flying went down under hostile fire near Dong Hoi, Lam Dong province on 4 September 1967. (Some discrepancy, as one source states the aircraft was lost in a fierce storm, crashing on approach to Bao Loc Airstrip).

Crew: Lt. Col. Merle D. Turner, (pilot)
Capt Edward L. Goucher, (co-pilot)
A1C James R. Mayo (loadmaster)

TSgt. Jacklin M. Boatwright (Operation Ranchhand)
MSgt Harold C. Cook (Operation Ranchhand)
Capt William B. Mahone (Operation Ranchhand)
Capt Virgil K. Kelley, Jr. (Operation Ranchhand)

Passengers (all Combat Controllers/CCT with (8th Aerial Port Squadron, 377th Combat Support Group)
MSgt Charles A. Paradise
TSgt Fredrick L. Thrower
A1C Gerard L. J. Gauthier
A1C William E. Jerkins

As we approach the 50th anniversary of my father's airplane crash in Vietnam, it is time to add additional pictures....

The gravestone is located in Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio, TX, location, M-6. it is comprised of grey granite since it is a group burial.


The picture of Edward L Goucher next to a jet was a graduation picture from 1967 flight school.


Edward has 2 adult daughters Teri D Goucher of Oklahoma and Darrin M Hammons of Texas. His sister, Anita G. Barrett of Oklahoma, nephews Jay Ladwig of Oklahoma and David S Ladwig (AF Col, retired) of Virginia and Connie Ladwig (AF Maj, dec)



Darrin Hammons, daughter

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