RICHARD M COLE JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 44 OF THE WALL

RICHARD MILTON COLE JR

WALL NAME

RICHARD M COLE JR

PANEL / LINE

1W/44

DATE OF BIRTH

07/20/1940

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/18/1972

HOME OF RECORD

UNIONDALE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Nassau County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

TSGT

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LEFT FOR RICHARD MILTON COLE JR
POSTED ON 6.8.2014

Final Mission of TSGT Richard M. Cole Jr.

Lockheed's versatile C-130 aircraft filled many roles in Vietnam, including transport, tanker, gunship, drone controller, airborne battlefield command and control center, weather reconnaissance, electronic reconnaissance, and search, rescue and recovery. The AC-130, outfitted as a gunship, was the most spectacular of the modified C-130's. These ships pierced the darkness using searchlights, flares, night observation devices that intensified natural light, and a variety of electronic sensors such as radar, infrared equipment and even low-level television. On some models, a computer automatically translated sensor data into instructions for the pilot, who kept his fixed, side-firing guns trained on target by adjusting the angle of bank as he circled. The crew of these planes were, therefore, highly trained and capable. They were highly desirable "captures" for the enemy because of their technical knowledge. 1LT Paul F. Gilbert was the pilot of an AC-130A gunship assigned a mission near the A Shau Valley in the Republic of Vietnam on June 18, 1972. The crew, totaling 15 men included MAJ Gerald F. Ayres, MAJ Robert H. Harrison, CAPT Robert A. Wilson, CAPT Mark G. Danielson, TSGT Richard M. Cole Jr., SSGT Donald H. Klinke, SSGT Richard E. Nyhof, SSGT Larry J. Newman, SGT Leon A. Hunt, and SGT Stanley L. "Larry" Lehrke. During the mission, the aircraft was hit by a surface-to-air missile (SAM) and went down near the border of Laos and Vietnam. In fact, the first location coordinates given to the families were Laos, but were quickly changed to reflect a loss just inside South Vietnam. Three survivors of the crash were rescued the next day. In October 1994, the Air Force announced they had identified the remains of the 12 missing servicemen killed when the aircraft was shot down. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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POSTED ON 11.7.2013

POW MIA Bracelet

I wore your name on my wrist for 20 years and then left at the wall when I heard they found your remains.
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POSTED ON 4.17.2013
POSTED BY: Jim and Tom Reece and Rosa King

Salute to a Fellow Veteran

You gave your life for your country and for this, we Salute You.

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POSTED ON 1.12.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Richard has a military marker in his honor at Arlington National Cemetery.
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POSTED ON 9.2.2007
POSTED BY: Anna M. Cognetto, LCSW-R

You Are Not Forgotten

I did not know you, but I wear a POW/MIA bracelet with your name on it every day. I am honored to work with Veterans every day. You & your family are in my prayers
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