Richard Lee Ayers
Colonel
12TH TAC RECON SQDN, 460TH TAC RECON WING, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
Waterloo, Iowa
February 18, 1933 to June 29, 1978
(Incident Date April 16, 1970)
RICHARD L AYERS is on the Wall at Panel W11, Line 12

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Richard L Ayers
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10 Jun 2004

REMEMBERED

by a friend.
rdheubner@aol.com

 
18 Mar 2005

I have this Hero's POW/MIA Bracelet.
I wore it till it cracked.
It rests on my dresser.
You are forever in my mind, heart, and soul.
You will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

Maureen Doig Moore
erinslass60@aol.com


 
03 Nov 2006

I proudly wore Colonel Ayers' POW/MIA bracelet for many years. I have thought about him frequently over the years but quite regularly during the Iraq War. My prayers are with his family.

Lisa Peacock
peahen59@aol.com


 
29 May 2007

As I hold Richard Ayers' bracelet in my hand, I think about all of the joys and sorrows he never had the chance to experience while we have had the privilege to experience ours. My very heartfelt thanks to you, Richard Ayers.

Teri S. Neff
Springfield, Ill.
teri.neff@insightbb.com


 

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 16 Apr 1970 an RF-4C (tail number 66-0409) of the 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron was lost while on a photo recon mission in the southern Laos/DMZ area. The aircraft's last known position was west of Tavouac, near the A Shau Valley. The two crewmen were classed as Missing in Action and remained in that status until the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death for them on the dates indicated:
  • Colonel Richard L. Ayers, Waterloo, IA (06/29/1978)
  • Major Robert E. Rausch, Hicksville, NY (10/09/1973)
Their remains have not been repatriated.

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