Bob W FordSergeant
56TH SEC POLICE SQDN, 56TH SOW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
19 February 1954 - 13 May 1975
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Bob W. Ford grew up in Seminole, Texas and was a 1972 graduate of Seminole High School. He enlisted in the Air Force upon graduation and was a Security Policeman. He began a tour in Thailand in 1975 and was a member of a 17 man Air Force Security Police who were dispatched to aid in the recovery of the SS MAYAGUEZ crew. On May 13, 1975, the helicopter with the 17 passengers and a crew of 4, crashed and killed all aboard. Sgt Ford was the last known Permian Basin resident of West Texas to die in the Vietnam War. He is remembered by his community and by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Midland, Texas. May his sacrifice never be forgotten.
From a PBVVM representative,
I am a point of contact for Sergeant Bob W. Ford of the 56th Security Police Squadron. Anyone who needs info for Bob can contact me. I am his first cousin from Seminole, Texas. His death was due to a helicopter crash during the rescue of the ship SS MAYAGUEZ. Any of his friends please contact me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From a first cousin,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 56th Security Police Squadron, part of the 56th Special Operations Wing at Nakon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand, was tasked with providing support during the MAYAGUEZ incident in 1975. The Security Police were to be flown from Nakon Phanom to U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand, aboard a CH-53 helicopter (hull number 68-1033) belonging to the 21st Special Operations Squadron. However, the helicopter crashed approximately 330 miles NE of Bangkok on the Thai-Laotion border, and all aboard were killed.
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a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
1 Jan 2005
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 02/19/2005