Van Vliet, Howard Elmer, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 6250th Combat Support Group
Service Years
1952 - 1968
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Oct 21, 1968
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Glen Haven Memorial Park Cemetery - Winter Park, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
40W 016

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments
US Air Force
  1968-1968, 6250th Support Squadron
  1968-1968, 6250th Combat Support Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1968 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-84 Thunderjet  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
  1953-1953, F-84 Thunderjet
  1968-1968, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Col Howard Van Vliet served in the Korean War as an F-84 fighter pilot.

Col. Van Vliet was killed in the crash of a C-47D (#45-0934) en route from Saigon to Hong Kong with an en route stop at Da Nang AB.  The aircraft crashed 20 miles south of  Ban Me Thuot when its number 2 engine failed, and unable to feather the prop, the crew attempted to make it to Ban Me Thuot, crashing in bad weather.  A total of 23 crew and passengers were killed.
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