1964 — Vietnam
Richard; Richard Perley Bubar PFC > Private First Class
PERSONAL DATA > Home of Record: Caribou, ME > Date of birth: 01/30/1942
MILITARY DATA > Service: Army of the United States > Grade at loss: E3
Rank: Private First Class > ID No: 11427980 > MOS: 67N20: UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Length Service: 00 > Unit: 573RD TRANS DET, 118TH AHC, 145TH AVN BN, US ARMY SPT CMD VIETNAM, MACV
CASUALTY DATA> Start Tour: > Incident Date: 11/01/1964> Casualty Date: 11/01/1964
Age at Loss: 22 > Location: Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered > Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty > Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar
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Two days before the U.S. presidential election, Vietcong mortars shell Bien Hoa Air Base near Saigon. Four Americans are killed, 76 wounded. Five B-57 bombers are destroyed, and 15 are damaged.
In the early hours of November 1st 1964, the Bien Hoa Air Base, situated 12 miles North of Saigon, came under fierce rocket and mortar fire from the Viet Cong. A squadron of B-57 bombers was immobilized, with 5 destroyed, and a further 15 damaged. Four U.S. servicemen and two Vietnamese were killed, and a further 76 [the precise number varies between accounts] were wounded in the attack.
U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, General Maxwell Taylor, immediately noted that this was a “deliberate act of escalation” that “should be met promptly by an appropriate act of reprisal”. The Joint Chiefs thought a single response was too limited, and recommended a series of retaliatory strikes. However, no reprisal attacks were ordered. The South Vietnamese government was extremely unstable, having undergone continuous shuffling and jockeying for position since the assassination of President Diem the previous November, and the U.S. presidential election was only two days away (November 3rd, 1964). It was feared that reprisal attacks may have an undue effect on both of these political situations. This is explained in further detail in The Logic of Force: The Dilemma of Limited War in American Foreign Policy
Viet Nam Battle Field Time-Line; http://www.pbs.org/battlefieldvietnam/timeline/index.html
PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com WWII Historical Researcher and "Other". THIS IS VIETNAM .... this is a man who died in the same raid as Louis Otto's best friend.