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

CARLOS RAFAEL CRUZ

WALL NAME

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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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CARLOS RAFAEL CRUZ
POSTED ON 1.20.2010
POSTED BY: Carla Cruz-Curtis

My Father was a Hero

My Father, Carlos R Cruz has never been forgotten.



I have lost contact with many of my immediate family members because my father was from Puerto Rico. I hope one day I will find them again.

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POSTED ON 12.29.2006
POSTED BY: Dave Avery

On Silver Wings

On Silver Wings
They Flew The Skies
These Brave Young Men
Who Fought And Died
When Duty Called
They Went So Brave
Now Families Mourn
Beside Their Grave
Who Can Forget
What Courage They Had
Some Have,Some Did
And That's So sad
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POSTED ON 12.29.2004
POSTED BY: Dave Avery

Who Shall We Send

"An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

Isaiah 6:8

Et Lux Perpetua Luceat Eis
Requiescant In Pace
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POSTED ON 1.30.2000
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THESE THREE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE SERVICEMEN WHOSE NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE



MAJOR

CARLOS RAFAEL CRUZ


606th AIR COMMANDO SQUADRON


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MAJOR

CARLOS RAFAEL CRUZ

- PILOT -

LIEUTENANT COLONEL

WILLIAM JOSEPH POTTER JR

- CO-PILOT -

SENIOR MASTER SERGEANT

PAUL LEONARD FOSTER

- CREWMEMBER -


comprised the crew of a DOUGLAS A26-A ' INVADER '
assigned to a mission in Laos on 29 December 1967.

The three flew from Nakhon Phanom Air Base, from the
606th Air Commando Squadron, to a target along the
Ho Chi Minh Trail.

During the mission their aircraft was hit by enemy fire
and was seen to crash. The last known location for the
plane was about 15 miles northwest of the city of
Muang Xepone ( Sepone ) in Savannakhet Province.
This is just about due west of the demilitarized zone in
Vietnam. No parachutes were seen, and no emergency
radio beeper signals were heard by aircraft in the area.

A day or so after the aircraft 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 servicemen onboard the aircraft were declared as
Missing In Action.

During the period that they were maintained as missing

WILLIAM JOSEPH POTTER JR

was promoted to the rank of

LIEUTENANT COLONEL

CARLOS RAFAEL CRUZ

was promoted to the rank of

MAJOR

and

PAUL LEONARD FOSTER

was promoted to the rank of

SENIOR MASTER SERGEANT


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The DOUGLAS A26 ' 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 United States in the early years of American
involvement in Southeast Asia. In 1966 eight A26 aircraft were
deployed to Nakhon Phanom to perform hunter - killer missions
against truck convoys in southern Laos.


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POSTED ON 12.31.1998
POSTED BY: Billy M. Mobley

Nimrod

Carlos Cruz was one of the bravest men I ever knew. Any aircrew member who flew over Laos in 1967-1968 will recall Carlos Cruz as the wild A-26 Nimrod who knew no fear.
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