20 Dec. 1972 — Vietnam
744th Bomber Squadron; Based at Utapao, Thailand Air Force Base.
Reactivated under Strategic Air Command in 1963, replacing provisional B-52G Stratofortess squadron at Beale AFB, California. Performed intercontinental training and deployments, also standing nuclear alert. Beginning in 1966, squadron deployed personnel to forward bases in the Western Pacific, where they engaged in combat missions over Indochina as part of Operation Arc Light. In 1975 was inactivated and redesignated as the 34th Bombardment Squadron when SAC pulled out of Wright-Patterson AFB and redesignated the squadron due to seniority precedence when it was reassigned to Beale.
In 1972, Captain Paul was the electronics warfare officer of a Boeing Stratofortress Bomber (B-52G) on a bombing mission over Hanoi, North Vietnam. After the bombs were released, the aircraft was hit by a surface to air missile and crashed. His remains were recovered on September 30, 1977 and identified on October 25, 1977. .............. God Bless our brave men.