FRANCIS J MCGOULDRICK JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 36W, LINE 17 OF THE WALL

FRANCIS J MCGOULDRICK JR

WALL NAME

FRANCIS J MCGOULDRICK JR

PANEL / LINE

36W/17

DATE OF BIRTH

12/19/1928

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/13/1968

HOME OF RECORD

NEW HAVEN

COUNTY OF RECORD

New Haven County

STATE

CT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR FRANCIS J MCGOULDRICK JR
POSTED ON 12.19.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Colonel Francis Jay McGouldrick Jr., Served with the 8th Bomb Squadron, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force.
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POSTED ON 3.7.2015
POSTED BY: Gary Leach

Goodbye old friend

I served with Jay for four years (13th BS, 1960-64) in B-57 aircraft. We were reunited again in 1968 at Phan Rang AB, RVN. We roomed together until I returned to the States on Nov 7, 1968. His wife called me when she was notified that he was MIA. He was one of the finest men that I have ever known--a true professional and a great friend. There is hardly a day that goes by that I don't think of him. I miss him dearly, I'm glad that he's finally home with his family.
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POSTED ON 11.11.2014
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of MAJ Francis J. McGouldrick

Final Mission of MAJ Francis J. McGouldrick
On December 13, 1968, the crew of a C-123K was dispatched from Nakhon Phanom Airfield located in northern Thailand near the border of Laos on an operational mission over Laos. The C-123, a converted WW II glider equipped with two engines, was assigned night patrol missions along the Ho Chi Minh trail. Flying low at 2000-3000 feet, the job of the seven man crew was to spot enemy truck convoys on the trail and to light up the trails for accompanying B-57 bombers which were flying overhead. The crew on this particular mission included the pilot (name unknown), co-pilot 1LT Joseph P. Fanning, navigators 1LT John S. Albright and 1LT Morgan J. Donahue, and crewmembers SSGT Samuel F. Walker, SSGT Douglas V. Dailey, and TSGT Fred L. Clarke. At 0330 hours, as the aircraft was flying about 30 miles southwest of the Ban Karai Pass in Laos, the crew of the C-123 was jolted by a blow on the top of their plane in the aft section. An overhead B-57 that had been called in for an air strike from Phan Rang Airbase had collided with the control plane. The B-57B was flown by pilot MAJ Thomas W. Dugan and co-pilot MAJ Francis J. McGouldrick. The C-123 lost power and went out of control. The unnamed C-123 pilot, stunned by a blow to the head, lost consciousness. Because of its glider configuration, the C-123 did not fall straight to the ground, but drifted lazily to the ground in a flat spin which lasted several minutes. When the pilot regained consciousness, he noted that the co-pilot (Fanning) and navigator (Donahue) were gone. Donahue's station was in the underbelly of the plane where, lying on his stomach, he directed an infrared detection device through an open hatch. The pilot parachuted out, landed in a treetop where he remained until rescued at dawn. On the way down, he saw another chute below him, but, because of the dark, was unable to determine who the crew member was. The six other members of the C-123 and the two crew members of the B-57 were listed as Missing in Action. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 6.22.2014

rest in peace lt colonel

I hold a bracelet I bought in 1968 with his name on it and while reading about viet nam i remembered my bracelet and discovered thet he never returned. It was so good to put a face to a neme of a hero.
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POSTED ON 12.14.2013
POSTED BY: Paula Schoen,

Angel Flight- Ohio State University 1966-1969

I am a 66 year old physician who had the first words of encouragement ever from Colonel McGouldrick when I was a member of Angel Flight and he was our advisor. He always talked about his wife and family with love and respect. When I found out that he was MIA I have worn his bracelet for many years until they all broke over time. When the wall went up, I went before it was finished - no walkway, just mud, the books for location were expossed and wet, no signs pointing the way to the memorial, and no one knew where it was. I finally found it and made my first of many rubbings of his name. Each time I was in the D.C. area, I would go to the Wall and pay my rspects to him, always wondering about his family and how they were doing.

On December 12, 2013 as I was getting ready for bed, I suddenly heard his name on the radio and it gave me chills. I am thrillled that he has finally been found and returned to his family. I only wish it had been 45 years ago with him alive and healthy. I will never forget his encouragement and support and what a great human being he was. He was and always will be a true hero to me.
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