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Richard A. Fleming, Captain, USAF (KIA)28 September 1941 – 17 January 1969
He was a Vietnam War Era casualty on January 17, 1969. ★ He served with honor in the United States Air Force. ★ Remembered by the people of Illinois ★ May his example inspire us to be strong and responsible global citizens. We can do great things. Together.
Richard Alan Fleming was born on September 28, 1941. According to our records Illinois was his home or enlistment state and Williamson County included within the archival record. We have Johnston City listed as the city.
He had enlisted in the Air Force. Entered via Regular Military. Served during the Vietnam War. He began his tour on September 27, 1968. He had the rank of Captain. Occupation or specialty was Helicopter Pilot. Served with 7th Air Force, 20th Special Operations Squadron
Fleming experienced a traumatic event which resulted in loss of life on January 17, 1969. Recorded circumstances attributed to: “Died through hostile action, air crash on land”. Incident location: Laos, Kontum province.
On January 17, 1969, a U.S. Air Force helicopter CH-3C (tail number 62-12582) was lost while supporting a TACAN site (tactical air navigation system for military aircraft navigation and guidance) in northern Laos. Three crew members and three passengers died in the crash. Two crew chiefs and one passenger survived and were transferred to Clark Air Base in the Philippines for hospitalization. The three lost crewmen included pilots MAJ Walter W. Martin and CAPT Richard A. Fleming, and crewman SSGT Albert J. Davis. The passengers were LTC Wayne F. Bolton, TSGT George A. Kurtyka, and TSGT Juan A. Maldonado.
Richard Alan Fleming is buried or memorialized at Barham Cemetery, Marion, Illinois.
Richard is honored on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC. Name inscribed at VVM Wall, Panel 34w, Line 23.
★ Air Medal★ Purple Heart★ United States Aviator Badge★ National Defense Service Medal★ Vietnam Campaign Medal★ Vietnam Service Medal★ Air Force Presidential Unit Citation★ Vietnam Gallantry Cross★ Air Force Good Conduct Medal
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