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Robert William Doss, Airman First Class, USAF (KIA)June 29, 1937 – April 27, 1965
BIRTH 29 Jun 1937DEATH 27 Apr 1965 (aged 27)VietnamBURIAL Fort Harrison National CemeteryRichmond, Henrico County, Virginia, USAPLOT Section E Site 793MEMORIAL ID 8857991 · View Source
Airman First Class Robert Doss was a firefighter and rescueman with PARC Det 4. On 27 April 1965, at 1605 hours, an A-1 Skyraider of the RVNAF 23rd Tactical Wing, fully fueled and laden with Mk 82 500-pound bombs, crashed during take-off.
A1C Doss and his crew responded immediately. As the rescue crew approached the burning aircraft to rescue the pilot, the ordinance on the aircraft exploded. A1C Doss was struck in the chest by a fragment from the exploding aircraft and was killed.