Walker, Bruce Charles, Capt

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Primary Unit
1972-1972, 1115A, 504th Tactical Air Control Group
Service Years
1969 - 1972

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Danang Air Base

Casualty Date
Apr 07, 1972
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tri
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02W 133

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 Unit Assignments
20th Tactical Air Support Squadron504th Tactical Air Control Group
  1972-1972, 1115A, 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1972-1972, 1115A, 504th Tactical Air Control Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Colorado State University-Pueblo
  1964-1968, Colorado State University-Pueblo
 My Aircraft/Missiles
OV-10 Bronco  
  1972-1972, OV-10 Bronco
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 Source: http://www.fac-assoc.org/memorial/memorial02a.html#S

Captain Walker was a Covey Forward Air Controller assigned to the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Da Nang. He and First Lieutenant Larry Fletcher Potts USMC were flying OV-10A S/N 68-3280 just south of the DMZ when they were hit by a Surface to Air Missile and crashed three miles northwest of Dong Ha in Quang Tri Province South Vietnam.

The missile was one of 83 SAMs seen on this day in the DMZ area. Both aircrews successfully ejected and Captain Walker evaded capture for 11 days. He used his survival radio to control air strikes on camouflaged enemy positions. Another survival kit was dropped to him and he was given directions for rescue. His last radio transmission was to warn rescue aircraft to abort the pick up. He was last seen in a ditch surrounded by about 20 NVA soldiers who were clearly heard during his radio transmission.

Lt. Potts was shot down on his 25th birthday, captured and died of wounds in Quang Binh prison. Captain Walker was promoted while missing and his body was not recovered.

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