Cold War Samurai – The 14th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 1987 – 1991

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 19 September 2014

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On this annual remembrance we remember men of the 14th missing in action during the Vietnam War and one since then.  The writer of this web log still needs to research the squadron’s history to determine World War II era losses as well as any prisoners of war from all eras of the unit history.  But that will not preclude an effort to remember at least some of the squadron’s missing on this day:

Bergevin, Charles L., 1Lt, 14TRS. MIA on 23 Aug 1968 in RF-4C 66-0466; shot down by fighter at night over Route Pack I, NVN. Postwar determined dead.
Brown, Donald A., Capt, 14TRS. MIA on 29 Jul 1970, in RF-4C 66-0436; shot down by fighter over Laos. Postwar determined dead.
Chavez, Gary A., Capt, 14TRS. MIA on 29 Jul 1970, in RF-4C 66-0436; shot down by fighter over Laos. Postwar determined dead.
Edgar, Robert J., 1Lt, 14TRS. MIA on 4 Feb 1968, in RF-4C 66-0443; shot down by fighter at dawn over Laos. Postwar determined dead.
Gist, Tommy E., Capt, 14TRS. MIA on 18 May 1968 in RF-4C 66-0442; shot down by fighter during day over Route Pack I, NVN. Postwar determined dead.
Hicks, Terrin D., Capt, 14TRS. MIA on 15 Aug 1968 in RF-4C 66-0447; shot down by AAA during day over I Corps, SVN. Postwar determined dead.
Ott, William A., Capt, 14TFS. MIA on 8 Oct 1970 in RF-4C 68-0610; shot down by fighter at dusk over Laos. Postwar determined dead.
Palmer, Gilbert S., Jr., Maj, 14TRS. MIA on 27 Feb 1968 in RF-4C 66-0431; shot down by fighter during day over Route Package I, NVN. Postwar determined dead.
Potter, William T., 1Lt, 14TRS. MIA on 4 Feb 1968 in RF-4C 66-0443, shot down by fighter at dawn over Laos. Postwar determined dead.
Setterquist, Francis L., 1Lt, 14TRS. MIA on 23 Aug 1968 in RF-4C 66-0466; shot down by fighter at night over Route Pack I, NVN. Postwar determined dead.
Shay, Donald E., Jr., Capt, 14TRS. MIA on 8 Oct 1970 in RF-4C 68-0610; shot down by fighter at dusk over Laos. Postwar determined dead.
Sneed, Warren B., Capt, 14FS. Lost at sea on 13 Nov 2000 in Misawa-based F-16C 90-0801; in mid-air collision with another F-16 west of Hokkaido, Japan, during Exercise Keen Sword.
Townsend, Francis W., 1Lt, 14TRS. MIA on 13 Aug 1972 in RF-4C 68-0604; shot down by AAA during day over Route Pack I, NVN. Postwar determined dead.
Wright, Thomas T., Capt, 14TRS. MIA on 27 Feb 1968 in RF-4C 66-0431; shot down by fighter during day over Route Package I, NVN. Postwar determined dead.

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8 thoughts on “National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 19 September 2014

  1. Hello there – I was surfing for photos of F-16s when links brought me to your site. I’m a Viper fan and Phantom phanatic with a keen interest in the Vietnam air war too. I was intrigued to read in this post the losses of RF-4Cs 66-0443 (4 Feb 1968), 66-0431 (27 Feb 1968), 66-0442 (18 May 1968), 66-0466 (23 Aug 1968), 66-0436 (29 Jul 1970) and 68-0610 (8 Oct 1970) were attributed to NVAF MiGs. What references/sources did you consult that said these jets were downed by enemy fighters? The book “Vietnam Air Losses” does not describe the cause of these losses, except in the case of 66-0443 on 4 Feb 1968, where the aircraft was observed hitting the ground by a FAC, shortly after the RF-4C crew spotted the target, most probably due to CFIT. None of the 42 USAF Phantoms officially lost to MiGs in SEA included RF-4Cs, although Vietnamese MiG-21 pilot Nguyen Hong My claims to have shot down RF-4C 68-0573 on 20 Jan 1972.
    Thanks!

    • Hello, Mr. Foo,
      Thank you for your interest in the history of the 14TFS. The source I used for attribution of the cause of these RF-4C losses was an RF-4C loss chronology mentioned in the 25 May 2014 posting below, RF-4C losses in SE Asia, that I accessed last spring at: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/48551247/Vietnam-Memories-RF-4C-Loss-Chronology

      Unfortunately, in just checking back with this source today, it doesn’t seem to be available anymore – witness the perishable perils of the internet! Will check and see if I saved any other details, but that might be it.
      Sincerely,
      14TFS web log

      • 371fg – thanks for the link, but what a time for it to be down, just when I learned about it! Do you know if this source has similar records for the other F-4 models?

        I suppose more information from both sides of the conflict is becoming available now, and hopefully someday someone will be able to compile a definitive list of US/Vietnamese aerial victories/losses, not for the purposes of jingoism or anything, but just for the sake of accuracy and completeness in the historical record.

        Best regards
        Fred

      • Sorry, I don’t seem to have any more information about that source or other F-4 loss data. As you say, hopefully more complete information will become available on all this, especially to resolve the cases of those yet missing in action.

  2. Glad to see this site covering this period of the 14th’s history. My favorite USAF squadron during the “MJ” years!

  3. sorry, posted to the POW/MIA post instead of the 14 TFS one.

  4. Pingback: Sam Samurai Remembers on National POW/MIA Recognition Day | Cold War Samurai – The 14th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 1987 - 1991

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