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My adopted  Louisiana MIA's
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Maj. Frank Alton Armstrong III
"Dutch"
A man that flew higher than the stars
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Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force 
Unit: 1st Air Commando Squadron
Date of Birth: 07 March 1930
Home City of Record: Shreveport LA
Date of Loss: 06 October 1967 
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 143757N 1072758E
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
.Category: 2
.Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A1E
.Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
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 Source:Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 
1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. 
Government agency sources, correspondence with 
POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews......... 
Copyright 1991 Homecoming II Project.
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REMARKS: 
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SYNOPSIS:The Douglas A1 Skyraider ("Spad") is a highly
maneuverable,propeller driven aircraft designed as a 
multipurpose attack bomber or utility aircraft.  The E model 
generally carried two crewmen.  The A1 was first used by 
the Air Force in its Tactical Air Command to equip the first 
Air Commando Group engaged in counterinsurgency
operations in South Vietnam, and later used in a 
variety of roles, ranging from multi-seat electronic
intelligence gathering to Navy antisubmarine warfare and
rescue missions.  The venerable fighter aircraft was retired
in the spring of 1968 and had flown in more than twenty
model variations, probably more than any other U.S. 
combat aircraft. 
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Maj. Frank A. Armstrong III was the pilot of an A1E 
which was on an ordnance delivery mission on October 6, 
1967.  Armstrong's was the lead aircraft in a flight of two 
A1Es from the 1st Air Commando Squadron based at 
Pleiku, South Vietnam.
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Armstrong's aircraft was struck by hostile ground fire as 
the flight was in Attopeu Province, Laos, near the tri-border 
area of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. According to other 
flight members, Maj. Armstrong did not have time to
parachute out of the aircraft as it crashed to the ground
in an inverted position.
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Frank A. Armstrong is listed among the missing because 
his remains were never found to send home to the country
he served.  He died a tragically ironic death in the midst 
of war.  But, for his family, the case seems clear that he
died on that day.  The fact that they have no body to bury 
with honor is not of great significance.
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For others who are missing, however, the evidence leads
not to death, but to survival.  Since the war ended, over 
10,000 reports received relating  to Americans still 
unaccounted for in Indochina have convinced experts that 
hundreds of men are still alive, waiting for their country to 
rescue them.  The notion that Americans are dying without
hope in the hands of a long-ago enemy belies the idea that
we left Vietnam with honor.  It also signals that tens of 
thousands of lost lives were a frivolous waste of our
best men. 
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This is an e-mail I received from 
Keith McDaniel, Col,USAF,DC(Ret)
He was stationed with Maj. Armstrong. 
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I  was a dental officer at Pleiku AB from June '67 to 
June '68 and did know Maj Armstrong.   I can attest that 
he was a heroic A-1E pilot who had the "right stuff" and 
demonstrated  raw courage on almost a daily basis.   I was 
with the flight surgeon when we transported "Dutch" from 
the flight line to the 71st Evac Hosp-- he had just returned 
from a mission and had received a bullet wound in the calf 
muscle .  He was sent home for a short period until it healed, 
then he returned to Pleiku  for more action. 
Although I was not a close friend, I distinctly remember 
the day that he did not come back from his last mission. 
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Although he may never receive adequate recognition or 
appreciation for his loyal service, courageous actions and 
ultimate sacrifice for his country, Major Frank Armstrong 
(A-1E pilot) is an exemplary, unsung,  American hero. 
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This man, and others like him, should never be forgott
Keith McDaniel, Col,USAF,DC(Ret)
Pictures sent by Keith McDaniel

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This is an e-mail I received from
Colonel Robert A. Klimek Jr. (USAF Retired)

Frank Armstrong and I were aviation cadets together at Greenville AFB, Miss in later
 1954 and early 1955.  We were in USAF Pilot Training Class 55-I. 
http://pilotclass55india.org/
We all graduated on  February 24, 1955.  I always remember Frank as a down to
earth, fun loving and great guy to be around.  After we graduated as 2nd Lieutenants
with our silver pilot wings, Frank stayed at Greenville as an instructor pilot and
 I transferred to Webb AFB, Tx also as an instructor pilot.  I never served with Frank again,
 but to this day I look back with  fond memories of our days together as USAF aviation cadets. 
I was deeply saddened when  I learned that he had been killed.  But, I know he was doing what he loved.  

 Regards,Bob

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This is an e-mail I received from
Hank Goetz  (Captain USAF Retired)
 

Hi…

         My name is Hank Goetz (ex-F-100 & F-105 pilot) and I was one of Dutch’s roommates back at Nellis AFB while we were all in F-100 training (1960). Both Dutch and I were assigned to Ramstein AB, Germany although to two different squadrons. We were both living in the BOQ at Ramstein and were good friends. I knew his wife  and just wanted to let you know I was fond of Dutch as most of us were. We all miss him.

Hank  (Capt. USAF & retired B-747 Captain for TWA)

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Hank Goetz
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This is a list of all the Louisiana Hero's that I know about. 
I have made a page for each one.  If you knew any of these 
men and would like to add some things about them on their 
page, please E-mail me
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Fifty thousand names carved in a wall
This is a very moving tribute to our service men.
http://home.comcast.net/~singingman7/TNOTW.htm
 
LOUISIANA MIA/POW'S 
ROBERT A. BELCHER GEORGE PARKER MCKNIGHT
LONNIE P.  BOGARD BRYFORD G. METOYER
Porter E. CALLOWAY THOMAS MOORE
ROBERT F. COADY  WILLIAM J. MORGAN
JACK L. CROXDALE II WILLIAM V. PHARRIS
WILLIAM R. FINN CHARLIE S. POOLE
JAMES W. GATES WILLIAM ROLAND PREWITT
JAMES W. GRACE  HENRY M. SEREX
EDWARD J. GUILLORY HARRY WINFIELD SMITH 
HUBIA J. GUILLORY CURTIS R. SMOOT
THOMAS TRUETT HENSLEY VIRGIL G. STEWART
CARL E. JACKSON KEAVIN L. TERRELL
MARVIN NELSON LINDSEY MICHAEL S. WALKER
RALPH WAYNE MAGEE .
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Other Louisiana Hero's
+  Killed. Remains recovered......* Alive in '98
? Unknown at this time.
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+GEORGE C. MC CLEARY +OSCAR M. DARDEAU
+ROBERT G. COZART JR. *GLENN H. DAIGLE
+ROBERT L. LILES JR. *KEITH A. ALBERT
*MURPHY N. JONES *LAWRENCE BARBAY
*LEE D. HENRY +DAVID B. WILLIAMS 
+HAROLD J. HELLBACH +MICHAEL B. VARNADO
?SERVERO J. PRIMM III +LONNIE JOSEPH TULLIER
+GEORGE EDWARD 
...FLYNN III
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