Final Mission of CAPT David J. RickelPosted on 7/2/15 - by firstname.lastname@example.orgPilot CAPT David J. Rickel and navigator/bombardier LT Gerald J. Crosson Jr. were assigned an F-4D mission over North Vietnam on May 16, 1968. Rickel was four years out of the Air Force Academy where he had been named to the Superintendent's List all eight semesters he attended the Academy. He had a promising career ahead. At a point about 20 miles southwest of the city of Quang Khe, Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam, Rickel and Crosson were shot down. Other air crew in the area did not see any parachutes indicating that the two had ejected from their aircraft, nor did they hear emergency beeper signals. Searches were eventually cancelled and both men were classified Missing in Action. The Rickel and Crosson families knew that there was a good chance their men had been captured because of circumstances surrounding the loss and the loss location, and settled in to wait for the war to end, hoping for some word to come. When 591 American POWs were released from Southeast Asia in the spring of 1973, Rickel and Crosson were not among them. No returning POW reported being held with them, and their names appeared on no lists provided by the Vietnamese. Furthermore, the Vietnamese denied any knowledge of them. It was generally believed that the Americans who remained missing were dead, including Rickel and Crosson. [Taken from pownetwork.org]MORE
You Are Not ForgottenPosted on 4/19/15 - by Hal Winton email@example.comDavid,MORE
As your Georgia Military Academy classmates from 1960 gather for an informal reunion to commemorate their 55th graduation anniversary, we want you to know that you are not forgotten. Thank you for your selfless service to us and to the nation.
We RememberPosted on 8/30/11 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgDavid has a military marker in his memory at the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs,CO.
I will always remember youPosted on 7/8/11 - by Rosa Conley Bergen email@example.comDear David,MORE
I have had your bracelet since I was 15 yrs. old and I always hoped you made your way home. Today I decided to search for you so I could return your bracelet because I always felt that you made it back. I am so sorry and I will always remember you in my thoughts and heart. You are my hero and I am sorry I never got to meet you. God be with you. If there are any family members who would like to have David's bracelet, I'd like to hear from you
AlwaysPosted on 8/11/10 - by Lucie Lilly Pawlak firstname.lastname@example.orgI wore David Rickel's POWMIA bracelet in high school. Almost twenty-five years later, I still wear it. I never met him, but his bracelet has been a constant reminder of the sacrifice he and so many others have made and how grateful I am. I went to the Vietnam Memorial Wall last week when I was in Washington, found his name and made a rubbing to take home with me. Thank you, Major Rickel and God Bless your family!MORE
If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. David J. RICKEL, USAF...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!!!!Posted on 5/26/10If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.MORE
Not ForgottenPosted on 2/22/03 - by Candace LokeyI have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.MORE
We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:
PO Box 206
Freeport, PA 16229
If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :
L.T.DAVID J.RICKEL LAREDO AFB, TEXAS 1966Posted on 2/4/03 - by David S. BlandAt a auction I bought a box of books that contained a AIR FORCE yearbook . This was an estate sale Mr. Rickel passed in '98 I can't imagine the depth of his sorrow never knowing .MORE
"Oh , I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
I've chased the shouting wind along , and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air. Put out my hand and touched the face of GOD." UNKNOWN
"Lord, guard and guide the men who fly through the great spaces in the sky,be with them always in the air,In darkening storms or sunlight fair .O hear us when we lift our prayer for those in peril in the air." MARY C.D. HAMILTON
U.S. Air Force AcademyPosted on 1/17/03 - by USAFA AOG MORE
U.S. Air Force AcademyPosted on 1/17/03 - by USAFA AOG MORE
friend of familyPosted on 1/13/00 - by brian v.burns email@example.com david,we never met,yet your dad,albert,was very proud of you and very sadden you didn't return home,he taught me alot of what i know of the construction biz,i could have never done it w/out his guidance,haven't been able to find him in the kast few years and fear he has left this world,trust you are finally together and can share your thoughts with him,have angusised over his sorrow and yours,his values,charactor and deciantcy are among the finest i have ever known,please tell alMORE
that he was one of the greastest influence on me.
will always picture him on the job,my late father was lt.col usaf ret/reserves,you and your family paid the ultimate for us,i was 4f,in'69,god bless you.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THESE FINE YOUNG AIR FORCE PILOTS WHOSE NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER MOREPosted on 2/24/99 - by CLAY MARSTON firstname.lastname@example.orgMAJORMORE
DAVID J. RICKEL
GERALD JOSEPH CROSSON JR.
ON MAY 16, 1968
THESE TWO PILOTS WERE ASSIGNED A
MISSION OVER NORTH VIETNAM, IN THEIR
F4D 'PHANTOM' FIGHTER / BOMBER.
AT A POINT ABOUT 20 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF THE CITY OF QUANG KHE,
QUANG BINH PROVINCE, NORTH VIETNAM,
THEIR AIRCRAFT WAS SHOT DOWN.
OTHER AIRCREW IN THE AREA DID NOT SEE
ANY PARACHUTES INDICATING THAT THE
TWO HAD EJECTED FROM THEIR AIRCRAFT,
NOR DID THEY HEAR ANY EMERGENCY
RADIO BEEPER SIGNALS. SEARCHES WERE
EVENTUALLY CANCELLED AND THESE TWO
FLYERS WERE CLASSIFIED AS BEING
MISSING IN ACTION.
DAVID J. RICKEL
WAS A DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE OF THE
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY
AT COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
IN THE CLASS OF 1964
WHERE HE HAD BEEN NAMED TO THE
FOR ALL EIGHT SEMESTERS FROM
1961 TO 1964.
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.