Ronca, Robert Francis, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1963-1965, 1115A, 401st Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1942 - 1965
Officer Collar Insignia
Major

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Norristown
Last Address
England AFB, Louisiana (home base)
Da Nang AB, Vietnam (TDY base)

Casualty Date
Feb 19, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 093, Cemetery Unknown

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army Reserve (USAR)Aviation Cadet Flight School69th Troop Carrier SquadronUS Air Force
Air Force Bases/ InstallationsUS Air ForceAir National Guard (ANG)335th Fighter Squadron  - Chiefs
Air Proving Ground Center77th Tactical Fighter Squadron613th Tactical Fighter Squadron401st Tactical Fighter Wing
  1942-1943, US Army Reserve (USAR)
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1051, 69th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1051, 318th Air Transport Squadron
  1945-1946, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1946-1950, Air Force Reserve Command
  1950-1951, Pennsylvania Air National Guard
  1951-1952, AAF MOS 1055, 335th Fighter Squadron - Chiefs
  1952-1960, AAF MOS 1055, Air Proving Ground Center
  1960-1963, 1115A, 77th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1963-1963, 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1963-1965, 21, 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1963-1965, 1115A, 401st Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Southern Philippines Campaign (1945)
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1965-1965 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  C-46 Commando  F-86 Sabre  F-100 Super Sabre  
  1944-1945, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1944-1945, C-46 Commando
  1951-1952, F-86 Sabre
  1960-1965, F-100 Super Sabre2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was shot down while on a combat mission over Laos.
The location of his remains is unknown.

His AF Cross citation:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
 

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Major Robert Francis Ronca (AFSN: 0-41457), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as Pilot of an F-100 Aircraft of the 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron, DaNang Air Base, Vietnam, in action in Southeast Asia on 19 February 1965. On that date, Major Ronca led an air strike on an objective of extreme importance. After aggressively attacking the target on the first pass, Major Ronca's aircraft was severely damaged by the intense ground fire. Realizing the importance of totally destroying his objective, Major Ronca, with complete disregard for his own safety, reassured his flight that he could continue the mission and did aggressively lead a second attack. Although his aircraft was critically damaged, a determined attack was successfully completed resulting in heavy damages to the opposing forces before his crippled aircraft crashed into the target area. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major Ronca reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 19-Feb-65

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major

Company: 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Division: DaNang Air Base, Vietnam
   
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