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U.S. Air Force Helicopter History
Robert Wayne Fields, Captain, USAF (KIA)September 28, 1940 – March 26, 1969
He was a Vietnam War Era casualty on March 26, 1969. ★ He served with honor in the United States Air Force. ★ Remembered by the people of Florida ★ May his example inspire us to be strong and responsible global citizens. We can do great things. Together
Robert Wayne Fields was born on September 28, 1940. According to our records Florida was his home or enlistment state and Volusia County included within the archival record. We have DeLand listed as the city.
He had enlisted in the Air Force. Entered via Reserve Military. Served during the Vietnam War. He began his tour on October 16, 1968. He had the rank of Captain. Occupation or specialty was Physician, Medical Officer. Served with 7th Air Force, 14th Special Operations Wing, 14th USAF Hospital.
Fields experienced a traumatic event which resulted in loss of life on March 26, 1969. Recorded circumstances attributed to: “Died through hostile action, air crash on land”. Incident location: South Vietnam, Khanh Hoa province.
On March 26, 1969 the UH-1 #63-13158 of the 20th SOS went down. While hostile fire was the suspected cause, the only certainties are that the aircraft was flying at about 4,000 feet when a severe vibration began. The pilot began an auto-rotation to earth, but control was lost during the descent. The main rotor came apart, severing the tail boom
Robert Wayne Fields is buried or memorialized at DeLand Memorial Gardens, DeLand, Volusia County, Florida.
Robert is honored on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC. Name inscribed at VVM Wall, Panel 28w, Line 45.
★ Purple Heart★ National Defense Service Medal★ Vietnam Campaign Medal★ Vietnam Service Medal★ Air Force Presidential Unit Citation★ Vietnam Gallantry Cross★ Air Force Good Conduct Medal