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FRANKLIN DELANO AUDILET


is honored on Panel 47E, Line 29 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Final Mission of WO Franklin D. Audilet

    Posted on 6/28/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On the morning of April 1, 1968, pilot CPT Raymond O. Kincannon from the 203rd Reconnaissance Airplane Company (RAC) “Hawkeyes,” 3rd Platoon, along with his observer WO Franklin D. Audilet, an Image Interpretation Technician from the 172nd Military Intelligence Detachment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, took off from Phu Hiep Airfield in a U.S Army Cessna O-1 Bird Dog on a visual reconnaissance mission. Their aircraft crashed and burned south of Tuy Hoa in the southern end of Khanh Hoa Province, RVN, near Cam Ranh Bay. Both crewmen were killed. There are various accounts of what brought the aircraft down, including a report of an enemy .51 caliber machine gun emplacement that engaged the crew while conducting a low-level recon over a river. Another version alleged that observer Audilet lost hold of a white phosphorus grenade in the cabin he was about to drop out the window while the aircraft was being engaged by enemy gunners on the ground. According to the source, the grenade rolled under his seat and detonated, causing the air crash. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and 203rdhawkeyes.net]
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  • Tribute to Sky Soldier

    Posted on 6/25/18 - by Mike Switzer
    On behalf of all the paratroopers who served with you in the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) and all who followed, we offer our respect and remembrance of your ultimate sacrifice. May you never be forgotten and your family and friends take comfort in your valor in serving.
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  • In Honor

    Posted on 4/1/18 - by John Braun birds@epix.net
    Franklin, You are remembered and honored. Observer, O-1A 50-15050, on that ill-fated flight.
  • Remembered

    Posted on 10/10/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR WARRANT OFFICER AUDILET,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN IMAGE INTERPRETATION TECHNICIAN. WE ARE CELEBRATING COLUMBUS DAY, AND THE DISCOVERY THAT LED TO US BEING IN AMERICA. THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING AMERICA. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/18/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear WO Franklin Delano Audilet, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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