Herman Hiram RitchieCaptain
310TH ACS, 315TH ACG, 13TH AF
United States Air Force
26 February 1935 - 13 January 1966
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American Legion member Eddie Goliat found in his attic a box containing medals, citations, newspaper clippings, and a photograph of Captain Ritchie but was not able to find Captain Ritchie's relatives so the items could be returned to them. When a local search had no success The American Legion national headquarters were called for help. They published Captain Ritchie's photograph and a story in the April, 2004 "The American Legion" magazine with the headline "Air Force captain's survivors sought":
National Headquarters quickly heard from several Legion members, have contacted Captain Ritchie's family and have made plans to get all the items back to the family.
Photo courtesy of Eddie Goliat
A Note from The Virtual WallOn the night of 13 Jan 1966 a C-123B transport (tail number 55-4519) of the 310th Air Commando Squadron was providing flareship support for a flight of A-1E Skyraiders from the 1st ACS. The Skyraiders in turn were attacking VC positions near An Khe.
As one of the Skyraiders pulled off target after delivering ordnance it collided with the circling flareship. Both aircraft crashed; there were no survivors. The dead were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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