Groves, Fergus Coleman, II, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Primary Unit
1961-1962, 1021A, 1st Air Commando Squadron
Service Years
1956 - 1962
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Home State
Kentucky
Kentucky
Year of Birth
1933
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Louisville
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut AB

Casualty Date
Feb 02, 1962
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Bien Hoa
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Cave Hill Cemetery - Louisville, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 005

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 Unit Assignments
464th Troop Carrier Wing1st Air Commando Squadron
  1961-1962, 464th Troop Carrier Wing
  1961-1962, 1021A, 1st Air Commando Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1962-1962 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
University of Louisville
  1952-1955, University of Louisville
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-123 Provider  
  1961-1962, C-123 Provider
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"On 2 February 1962, a Ranch Hand crew became the first Air Force fatalities in Vietnam. Captain Fergus C. Groves II, Captain Robert D. Larson and Staff Sergeant Milo B. Coghill were killed while on a training mission.." Source: Ranch Hand, Defoliant Operations in South East Asia (SEA), http://home.earthlink.net/~aircommando1/RANCHHAND.htm

"On 2 February 1962, a C-123 on a training flight for Operation Ranch Hand crashed in South Vietnam, probably the result of ground fire or sabotage.." Source: http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/airforcejoin/a/afhistory2.htm

"February 2, 1962
First U.S. Air Force Plane crashes in South Vietnam.

The first U.S. Air Force plane is lost in South Vietnam. The C-123 aircraft crashed while spraying defoliant on a Viet Cong ambush site.

The aircraft was part of Operation Ranch Hand, a technological area-denial technique designed to expose the roads and trails used by the Viet Cong..."  Source: This Day in History, http://www.history.com

"Fergus Groves II

The body of Air Force Captain Fergus Coleman Groves II, who was killed in a plane crash in South Vietnam February 2, is being returned to Louisville for burial. Groves, 27, was a 1955 University of Louisville graduate and was a military honor student. His father, Lt. Col. F.C. Groves, formerly was professor of air science and tactics at U. of L. and is now stationed in Germany.
   
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