Patch, Donald Charles, Capt

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Primary Unit
1965-1965, 1st Special Operations Squadron
Service Years
1955 - 1965
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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
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Home Town
Last Address
Bien Hoa AB

Casualty Date
Oct 02, 1965
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Rosebud Cemetery - Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 102

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Air Force Bases/ InstallationsUS Air ForceTactical Fighter Units3rd Tactical Fighter Wing
1st Special Operations Squadron
  1964-1964, Hurlburt Field FL
  1965-1965, 6251st Tactical Fighter Wing
  1965-1965, 602nd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1965-1965, 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing
  1965-1965, 1st Special Operations Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam Defensive Campaign (1965-66)
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A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)  
  1965-1965, A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)
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REMEMBRANCE PROFILE IN PROGRESS - SUBJECT TO CHANGE ----------- Capt. Patch may have been side-by-side that day with Capt. Don Hood when they were lost on 2 Oct 65 aboard A-1E Skyraider tail #52-133880. Capt. Patch had been in-country only since 27 July 65... which was less than one year following the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed the Senate 88-2 and the House 446-0. ----------- From: Willcox, Stephen (Steve), Sgt 7 Sep 09: Don R Hood and Donald C Patch Linda and I are working on Don R. Hood. One item we've turned up that you might be interested in is the following: per fellow commando Dennis Lewis, Hood and Patch were involved in a mid-air collision - Hood's "aircraft collided, in mid-air, with another Skyraider flown by Captain Donald Patch, also a member of the 602nd ACS, while on a close air support mission in Binh Dinh Province. Captain Patch was also KIA." Hope it helps. ----------- Skyraider Training Class: Express-15 9/9 Bh/Condra 1 Back row: Capt Kennetn H McArn, Capt Richard A. Ingram, Capt SP Knickerbocker, Capt Donald C. Patch (KIA 65/10/02), Capt Kenneth B Ruhm Front row: Maj Bernard F. Fisher, Maj Fred L. McPherson (KIA 66/01/28), Capt John S. Stewart (76/05/06), Capt George G. McKnight ----------- Some history of the 1st SOS of the 3rd TFW (to which the 602nd TFS and 6251st TFW were attached): 1st SOS (formerly 1st ACS) The 1st Air Commando Squadron, Composite, was activated on 17 June 1963. It was redesignated the 1st Air Commando Squadron, Fighter, on 15 August 1967 and became the 1st Special Operations Squadron on 1 August 1968. Parent Units During its SEA experience, the squadron was assigned to the following parent units: 34th Tactical Group, 8 July 1963; 6251st Tactical Fighter Wing, 8 July 1965; and later attached to the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, 21 November 1965. While with the 3rd Fighter Wing, the squadron was part of the 2nd Air Division and remained attached to the 3rd TFW until 8 March 1966. They moved on to the 14th Air Commando Wing on 8 March 1966. The unit still had one more move and that was on 20 December 1967 when it became part of the 56th ACW (later 56th SOW). The 1st SOS left the 56th SOW on 15 December 1972. Locations The 1st ACS/SOS was stationed at the following bases: Bien Hoa, Vietnam, 8 July 1963; Pleiku, 5 January 1966. Approximately one-half of the squadron was deployed to Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand for a period 25 October - 15 December 1967. The rest of the squadron was brought together at NKP on 20 December 1967 and remained there until 15 December 1972. Aircraft The 1st ACS/SOS operated a variety of aircraft during the SEA years. They started with the A-26, and at various times operated T-28's, U-10's, C-47's and RD-26's. The Skyraider arrived in May 1964 and became the major weapons system. While at Bien Hoa, operations included bombardment, fighter missions, psychological warfare missions, airlift, photo recce, and training of VNAF pilots. During assignment with the 56th at NKP, December 1967-November 1972, the squadron flew air cover, close support, direct air strike, armed recce, and the famous SAR missions. In October and November 1972 A-1's were transferred to the VNAF. The 1st SOS flew their last A-1 missions on 7 November 1972. The 1st SOS and NKP parted company on 15 December 1972 when they moved without personnel or equipment to Kadena AB. The 1st SOS later flew the C-130 MC-130 on operational unconventional warfare missions." ---------
 Full Name: DONALD CHARLES PATCH Wall Name: DONALD C PATCH Date of Birth: 8/28/1933 Date of Casualty: 10/2/1965 Home of Record: ALBUQUERQUE State: NM Branch of Service: AIR FORCE Rank: CAPT Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM Casualty Province: BINH DINH The following remembrances have been left at The Virtual Wall for DONALD CHARLES PATCH: Do not stand at my grave and weep Posted by Bob Ross, Fellow Vietnam Veteran NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER Posted by Chris Spencer, fellow veteran,USMC 1972-76 ----------- Following is the text of the speech given by Bob Karre to describe the purpose of the Skyraider Memorial at Hurlburt Air Park. The speech was given at the dedication ceremony on October 3, 1993: "Ladies and gentlemen, we are here today to look back across the span of three decades and honor those one hundred and forty-four Americans who died in the A-1 Skyraider, during air operations in Southeast Asia. We will not single out any individual, unit, or event; however, each of us will recognize names which will evoke a special memory and, I'm sure, each of us will recall missions, units, events, and callsigns which, in our mind, are legend, and which continue to have profound meaning in our lives. Ladies and gentlemen, let us do this; let us dedicate our presence here today as a collective "hand salute" and a heartfelt "nickel on the grass" back across the intervening years, to all these one hundred forty-four old friends and proud Americans who, without reservation, signed up to the ultimate liability and paid the ultimate price. May God bless both them, and our memorial to them." ----------
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