DAVID J RICKEL
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HONORED ON PANEL 61E, LINE 18 OF THE WALL

DAVID J RICKEL

WALL NAME

DAVID J RICKEL

PANEL / LINE

61E/18

DATE OF BIRTH

10/05/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/16/1968

HOME OF RECORD

FT LAUDERDALE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Broward County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID J RICKEL
POSTED ON 1.17.2003
POSTED BY: USAFA AOG

U.S. Air Force Academy

U.S. Air Force Academy
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United States Air Force Academy
Association of Graduates
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POSTED ON 1.17.2003
POSTED BY: USAFA AOG

U.S. Air Force Academy

U.S. Air Force Academy
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United States Air Force Academy
Association of Graduates
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POSTED ON 1.13.2000
POSTED BY: brian v.burns

friend of family

dear david,we never met,yet your dad,albert,was very proud of you and very sadden you didn't return home,he taught me alot of what i know of the construction biz,i could have never done it w/out his guidance,haven't been able to find him in the kast few years and fear he has left this world,trust you are finally together and can share your thoughts with him,have angusised over his sorrow and yours,his values,charactor and deciantcy are among the finest i have ever known,please tell al
that he was one of the greastest influence on me.
will always picture him on the job,my late father was lt.col usaf ret/reserves,you and your family paid the ultimate for us,i was 4f,in'69,god bless you.
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POSTED ON 2.24.1999
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THESE FINE YOUNG AIR FORCE PILOTS WHOSE NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

MAJOR

DAVID J. RICKEL

and

MAJOR

GERALD JOSEPH CROSSON JR.



ON MAY 16, 1968

THESE TWO PILOTS WERE ASSIGNED A

MISSION OVER NORTH VIETNAM, IN THEIR

F4D 'PHANTOM' FIGHTER / BOMBER.

AT A POINT ABOUT 20 MILES SOUTHWEST

OF THE CITY OF QUANG KHE,

QUANG BINH PROVINCE, NORTH VIETNAM,

THEIR AIRCRAFT WAS SHOT DOWN.

OTHER AIRCREW IN THE AREA DID NOT SEE

ANY PARACHUTES INDICATING THAT THE

TWO HAD EJECTED FROM THEIR AIRCRAFT,

NOR DID THEY HEAR ANY EMERGENCY

RADIO BEEPER SIGNALS. SEARCHES WERE

EVENTUALLY CANCELLED AND THESE TWO

FLYERS WERE CLASSIFIED AS BEING

MISSING IN ACTION.


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DAVID J. RICKEL

WAS A DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE OF THE

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

AT COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

IN THE CLASS OF 1964

WHERE HE HAD BEEN NAMED TO THE

SUPERINTENDENT'S LIST

FOR ALL EIGHT SEMESTERS FROM

1961 TO 1964.


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YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE


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