MELVIN E LADEWIG
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HONORED ON PANEL 46W, LINE 5 OF THE WALL

MELVIN EARL LADEWIG

WALL NAME

MELVIN E LADEWIG

PANEL / LINE

46W/5

DATE OF BIRTH

08/08/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/24/1968

HOME OF RECORD

ENGLEWOOD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Arapahoe County

STATE

CO

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CAPT

Book a time
Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MELVIN EARL LADEWIG
POSTED ON 8.27.2007
POSTED BY: Steve Peck

Home coming

I have worn a bracelet with your name since 1985. I will keep checking on you to see when you have been found, and are homeward bound at last. When that day comes, I want to send my bracelett to your loved ones to let them know they were not alone.

And then, I'll take another name to watch over until their home coming.
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POSTED ON 12.21.2005
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS FINE YOUNG UNITED STATES AIR FORCE OFFICER, WHO REMAINS TO THIS DAY AS BEING MISSING IN ACTION, WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE



CAPTAIN

MELVIN EARL LADEWIG


who served as a

WEAPONS SYSTEMS OFFICER

with the


497th TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON

8th TACTICAL FIGHTER WING

7th AIR FORCE


based at

UDORN ROYAL THAI AIR FORCE BASE

THAILAND


was a posthumous recipient of the


PURPLE HEART

AIR MEDAL

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL

VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL





///// ~~~ MISSING IN ACTION ~~~ \\



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Major Charles Harold Wickliffe Read Jr. was the Pilot and 1st Lieutenant Melvin Earl Ladewig the Weapons Systems Officer onboard an F4D PHANTOM fighter aircraft on 24 August 1968 assigned to an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam.

As their flight was over Quang Binh Province, located about 10 miles southwest of the city of Quang Khe, a bombing run was made and afterwards their aircraft was seen as a large fireball on the ground by the pilots of the lead aircraft.

They reported no radio contact with either pilot prior to the crash, nor did they see parachutes or hear any emergency radio beeper signals to indicate that either Read or Ladewig ejected from their aircraft prior to its downing.

However, neither officer was declared dead, so the possibility existed that they may have safely exited their aircraft.

They remain to this day as being Missing In Action.



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YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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POSTED ON 9.8.2004
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Melvin Has a military stone in his honor at Ft Logan Nat Cem.
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POSTED ON 7.20.2004
POSTED BY: Ruth & Richard Ladewig

Continued prayers

Melvin is a cousin to my husband. Never had the honor to meet him but thoughts and prayers are with him. God bless him and all who served.
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POSTED ON 3.4.2004
POSTED BY: Bob Russell

Continued Prayers

Met Mel one time in Dec. 67. His younger brother, Tim, and I were in AFROTC together in college. Over a Christmas vacation, Tim and I "base hopped" and got to see Mel at George AFB. Though Tim and I have not kept in touch over the years, I always think of Mel when Vietnam is discussed. Also, during my AF career as a fighter pilot, Mel was in my thoughts and prayers -- as he is today.
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