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Nobe Ray Koontz Jr.

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  8/25/38
Birth Place:  Springfield, MA
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Methodist
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
Father's Name:  Nobe R. Koontz
Mother's Name:  Marjorie E. (Stutz) Koontz
Sibling Names:   
Marital Status:  Married
Wife's Name:   
Offspring Names:   
School Attended:  Washington School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/8/43
School Attended:  Sixteen Acres School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  5/17/48
School Attended:  Warner School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/6/50
School Attended:  Classical Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date: 9/3/51  
School Attended:  Technical High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/1/54
High School Diploma:  No
Selective Service Data:
SSS Local Board Number:  83
SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, MA
SSS Registration Date:  9/5/56  
SSS Registrant Description:  6' 0"/147 pounds/light brown hair/blue eyes
Military Service Record:
Entry Date:  10/20/58
Entry Mode:  Enlistment
Entry Location:  Springfield, MA
Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA
Military Branch:  Air Force
Military Component:  Reserve
Rank:  Captain
Rank Abbrev:  CPT
Pay Grade:  O3
MOS:  1115E
MOS Title:  Pilot
Awards Received:  Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars; Air Force Longevity Service Award with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Length Of Service:  8 years
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
Date Tour Commenced:  1/4/68
Major Command:  7th Air Force
Sub Command 1:  388th Tactical Fighter Wing
[note: the 388th TFW was assigned to 13th Air Force, but attached to 7th Air Force at this time]
Sub Command 2:  469th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Base Location:  Korat RTAFB, Thailand
Vehicle/Equipment Type:  F-105D Thunderchief
Vehicle/Equipment S/N: 
Army Campaign Number:  5th
Army Campaign Name:  Counteroffensive, Phase III
Casualty Data:
Casualty Date:  8/17/68
Casualty Age:  29
Casualty Data 1:  Non-Hostile
Casualty Data 2:  Fixed Wing Pilot
Casualty Data 3:  Air Loss-Crash On Land
Casualty Province:  Quang Nam Province
Casualty Country:  South Vietnam
Located In Or Near:  Da Nang AFB
Body:  Recovered
Burial Location:  Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC
Burial Plot Location:  Section 30, Grave 715-1, the same section as President Taft
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Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  26th
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  48W
                                                  Line Number:  33

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