RANDOLPH W FORD
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HONORED ON PANEL 55W, LINE 5 OF THE WALL

RANDOLPH WRIGHT FORD

WALL NAME

RANDOLPH W FORD

PANEL / LINE

55W/5

DATE OF BIRTH

07/19/1935

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/11/1968

HOME OF RECORD

GAINESVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Alachua County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

CDR

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RANDOLPH WRIGHT FORD
POSTED ON 9.28.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cdr Randolph Ford,
Thank you for your service as an Unrestricted Line Officer (Pilot) on the U. S.S. AMERICA. I am glad you were identified in 1985. Welcome home.
It is now fall, and as the seasons pass, it is important to remember you all. It has been too long, and it's about time 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 8.28.2018
POSTED BY: Debbie Harmon

POW bracelet

I found my bracelet in a box of jewelry. I wor it when I was on high school and with the passing of John McCain I thought more of this bracelet. Much to my sadness I read about his passing all those years ago and his heroic actions. If anyone in his family would like the bracelet I would be willing to mailing it to them but only if they can prove their relationship. Otherwise I do not want to give it up.
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POSTED ON 2.28.2018

Final Mission of LCDR Randolph W. Ford

LCDR Randolph W. Ford was a U.S. Navy pilot assigned to Attack Squadron VA-86 aboard the USS America (CV-66). On June 11, 1968, LCDR Ford was the pilot of an A-7A Corsair II (#153265), call sign Sidewinder 404, launched on a night road reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. Ford made one flare drop over a target, and shortly thereafter his wingman saw an orange fireball and an explosion. The wingman was able to contact Ford on the guard (emergency) radio frequency and was told by Ford that he had a broken arm and that the enemy was nearby. Search and rescue (SAR) efforts were begun immediately and continued for about ten hours in the general area with 29 aircraft participating in the search. Voice and beeper signals were heard in the early hours of the attempted rescue, however, as time passed, it appeared that the enemy had gained possession of the beeper and was using it to lure SAR forces. All SAR efforts, with the exception of electronic search, were discontinued when a SAR helicopter received hostile fire from the vicinity of the beeper signal. On June 13, 1968, a Hanoi Radio broadcasted that “At 0200 hours on June 11th, U.S. warplanes attacked a populated area in Ha Tinh Province. One of them were knocked down on the spot, and the air pirate captured by the militia in Cam Xuyen District.” A returning POW stated he personally talked to Ford on June 15, 1968, claiming he had a broken arm and possible internal injuries. He believes he witnessed Ford’s death after receiving only perfunctory medical aid from the North Vietnamese. His remains were repatriated to the U.S. on August 14, 1985, and positively identified on November 4, 1985. He was promoted to Commander during the time he was missing. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 11.2.2016
POSTED BY: Karen Cheney

May you rest in peace.

I also wore your name on my POW/MIA bracelet for many years hoping that you would be found safe. I was going through my jewelry boxes today and came across it. I will keep it and that way you will always be remembered. So sorry for your sacrifice for our freedom and country. God bless.
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POSTED ON 9.4.2016
POSTED BY: Cheryl Sauls Tindell

POW Bracelet

I wore my POW bracelet for years! I still have it in my jewelry box. We lived in TN when I got my bracelet as a kid. Now, living in the Jacksonville area I see Cdr Ford was from Gainesville and buried very close to where we live. Wow. I truly felt like I was doing something wearing that bracelet. Doubt I will ever let it go. Rest in peace Cdr Ford.
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