Elzinga, Richard Gene, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1144E-Forward Air Controller
Last AFSC Group
Command and Control
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 1144E, Detachment 1, 56th Special Operations Wing
Service Years
1964 - 1970
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Mar 26, 1970
MIA-Finding of Death
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12W 045
Military Service Number
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  1970, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2010, American Battle Monuments Commission

 Ribbon Bar

Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3646th Pilot Training Wing (Staff)505th Tactical Control Group21st Tactical Air Support SquadronDetachment 1, 56th Special Operations Wing
  1966-1967, 0006, 3646th Pilot Training Wing (Staff)
  1969-1969, 1144E, 505th Tactical Control Group
  1969-1969, 1144E, 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1969-1970, 1144E, Detachment 1, 56th Special Operations Wing
 Colleges Attended 
Hope College
  1960-1964, Hope College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
O-1/L-19 Bird Dog  
  1969-1970, O-1/L-19 Bird Dog
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 12, 2021, Other Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Remains found and identified: 28 October 2010.  He was interred in Arlington on 10 July 2011.

At the time of his loss, Richard Elzinga was flying with the Raven (Steve Canyon Program) organization in Laos.

According to the pownetwork, he and Hank Allen took off in his O-1G. After reporting that he was airborne, he and Elzinga were never hearf from again.He took off and reported over the radio... that the O-1 was airborne. The official point of loss was noted as 20 miles northeast of Vientiane, Laos.
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