CARLOS R CRUZ
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HONORED ON PANEL 32E, LINE 91 OF THE WALL

CARLOS RAFAEL CRUZ

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CARLOS R CRUZ

PANEL / LINE

32E/91

DATE OF BIRTH

10/29/1941

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/29/1967

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LEFT FOR CARLOS RAFAEL CRUZ
POSTED ON 3.6.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

THANK YOU

Dear Major Carlos Cruz,
Thank you for your service as a Tactical Aircraft Pilot. I am glad you were identified in 1995. WELCOME HOME.
It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 7.1.2015

Final Mission of CAPT Carlos R. Cruz

The Douglas A-26 Invader was a twin-engine attack bomber with World War II service. In Vietnam, it served the French in the 1950's and also the U.S. in the early years of American involvement in Southeast Asia. In 1966, eight A-26's were deployed to Nakhon Phanom to perform hunter-killer missions against truck convoys in southern Laos. Pilot CAPT Carlos R. Cruz, co-pilot CAPT William J. Potter Jr., and crewmember SMS Paul L. Foster comprised the crew of an A-26A Invader assigned a mission in Laos December 29, 1967. The three flew from Nakhon Phanom from the 606th Air Commando Squadron to a target area along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. During the mission the aircraft was hit by enemy fire and was seen to crash. The last known location for Foster's plane was about 15 miles northwest of the city of Muang Xepone (Sepone) in Savannakhet Province. This is just about due west of the DMZ in Vietnam. No parachutes were seen, and no emergency radio beeper signals were heard by aircraft in the area. A day or so before the Invader was shot down, Lao Premier Souvanna Phouma reported that North Vietnamese troops had started a general offensive against Lao government forces in southern Laos. North Vietnam denied this report on December 29th, the day the Invader was shot down. The three men onboard the Invader were declared Missing in Action. The U.S. believes the enemy may know their fates. Unfortunately, although the Pathet Lao stated publicly that they held American prisoners, the U.S. never negotiated for their freedom. Consequently, no American held in Laos has ever been released. For decades the fates of the crew of the Invader remained unknown. Then on October 18, 1995 it was announced that remains had been recovered and positively identified as the lost crewmen. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 12.18.2014
POSTED BY: Carla Cruz Craker

I will visit your grave this Christmas, father

I will visit your grave on Sunday at Arlington. I know it will be beautiful with all the wreaths. I wish I could celebrate with you, but know you will always be in my heart on Christmas and on every day. I will also send my regards to the Paul Foster and William Potter who are buried there with you.
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POSTED ON 5.8.2014

Air Commando/ 609th Squadron

You are my fathers best friend, retired Colonel Douglas Hawkins, he has not forgotten and thinks of you every day...
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POSTED ON 3.3.2014
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Carlos is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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