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  • Final Mission of COL Paul O. Meder

    Posted on 2/1/15 - by
    An AC-130A gunship, "Spectre 17", flown by CAPT Harry R. Lagerwall, departed Ubon Airbase, Thailand on an interdiction mission to interrupt enemy cargo movements along the Ho Chi Minh Trail on December 21, 1972. The crew onboard numbered 16, including MSGT Rollie K. Reaid, CAPT George D. MacDonald, SMS John Q. Winningham, MAJ Francis A. Walsh Jr., CMS James R. Fuller, SMS Robert T. Elliott, MAJ Robert L. Liles Jr., LTC Harry R. Lagerwall, COL Paul O. Meder, LTC Thomas T. Hart III, CAPT Stanley N. Kroboth, MSGT Charles F. Fenter, CAPT Joel R. Birch, Richard Williams, and Carl E. Stevens. During the flight to the target, the aircraft was hit by ground fire and after 10 minutes of level flight, the fuel exploded. Two of the crew, Williams and Stevens, bailed out safely and were subsequently rescued hours later. The partial body of Joel Birch (an arm) was later recovered some distance away from the crash site. Heat-sensitive equipment which would pinpoint the location of human beings in the jungles was used to search for the rest of the crew with no success. It was assumed that the missing crewmen were either dead or were no longer in the area. According to intelligence reports, several piles of bloody bandages and 5 deployed parachutes were seen and photographed at the crash site. Also, later requests through the Freedom of Information Act revealed a photo of what appeared to be the initials "TH" stomped in the tall elephant grass near the crash site. In the early 1980's a delegation comprised in part of several POW/MIA family members visited the site of the aircraft crash in Laos. Mrs. Anne Hart found material on the ground in the area which she believed to be bone fragment. She photographed the material and turned it over to the U.S. Government. In February, 1985, a joint excavation of the crash site was done by the U.S. and Laos from which a large number of small bone fragments were found. Analysis by the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory (CIL) in Hawaii reported the positive identification of all 13 missing crewmembers. [Taken from]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/15/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Colonel Paul Oswald Meder, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 9/4/13 - by Robert Sage
    Paul is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Spectre AC130 crew

    Posted on 2/3/06 - by Vanessa Carter MORE
  • Booth mate

    Posted on 6/11/04 - by Rudy Escobar
    I will always remember your kindness when we were both in training for the gunship - you as an IR operator and me as a LLLTV operator. We were both in the old VOQs at Hurlburt, except I had my wife with me. When an opening came up on the new VOQs, you gave it up for us since you were a major and I, a 1st Lt. You were a fine officer. I still remember that day at Ubon when I saw you at the Post Office on your way for your first gunship mission. I told you to keep "your head down". A few hours later, we got word that the aircraft was shot down. Rest in Peace, Paul.
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