Truesdale, Stanley Edward, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
11470-Load Master Supervisor
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1962-1963, 464th Troop Carrier Wing
Service Years
1960 - 1963
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Diego
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut AB

Casualty Date
Apr 12, 1963
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 021

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
776th Troop Carrier Squadron (Assault)464th Troop Carrier Wing
  1962-1963, 776th Troop Carrier Squadron (Assault)
  1962-1963, 464th Troop Carrier Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-123 Provider  
  1962-1963, C-123 Provider
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Rec'd 15 Apr 11:

The following information is on line and refers to his crew and the incident in which he was lost:

THe following speak specifically about the incident:

Another account, "apparently, in 1962-1963 the USAF's 'Project Ranch Hand' was conducting experimental spray sorties using C-123s of the 464 TCW. Flying out of Nakhon Phanom airbase in Thailand, it was customary for pilots returning from a successful flight to buzz the airfield and try to "snag" the top of a flag pole with its wing tip, where a windsock or signal flag normally flew.

On 12 April 1963, a C-123B (56-4380) with a crew of three returning from a mission made two attempts to "snag" the pole when it's wing tip struck the ground. The aircraft cartwheeled into a row of buildings and exploded. All three crewmen and two Thai civilians on the ground were killed.

When an Air Force investigation revealed that the base and squadron commanders were both aware of this practice and did nothing to stop it, they were relieved of command and courts martialed. " (Once again, the 4th crew member is left out of the account.)

Crew lost:
1Lt. Raymond Doyle, (co-pilot) 777th TCS
1LT. Richard L. Hatlestad, (pilot) 777th TCS
SSgt Stanley E. Truesdale, (possibly a loadmaster) 776th TCS
SSgt. Donald S. Carson, (crew chief), (died 4/15/63) 776th TCS

There is evidence that another crewman survived the crash.


21 Jun 2004

Dear Stanley,

I wish to thank you for taking the flight that my Grandfather was scheduled to fly. By taking his flight he was able to be alive now and I now have my Grandpa. I would very much like to thank you, because you don't know how much he means to me. This year he took me to D.C. to go on the Rolling Thunder ride for the Vets. It was a very difficult experience to go to the Wall at night and see all of the letters and personal items left by family and loved ones. I had been to the Wall previously, but it didn't affect me as much because there wasn't anything there, and also I didn't have a very good understanding of what it all really meant. So I would like to thank you for giving me the most important gift you could ever give, my Grandpa. I love him more than anything, and always will. I wish you were alive now to see how much he means to me. I will always remember you and you will always be in my heart.

Thank You.
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