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Site Mission: Provide Pararescue and Air Rescue History
Air Rescue Crewmembers
Who Flew in the Vietnam War
A List of Who They Rescued
These pages are under constant revision--Last Update: Saturday, May 09, 2009
PJs in Vietnam
Story of Air Rescue in Vietnam
Seen from the Eyes of its Pararescuemen
Robert L. LaPointe
Above graphic drawn in 1975
This page identifies air rescue aircrew members who flew SAR in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Thailand). It also lists air rescue HQ staff members that served in Vietnam or Thailand. The vast majority of these men were assigned PCS to the war. Some of these men were on temporary duty to the war. The deciding factor on eligibility to be listed on this site and in my book is that the person must have been awarded the Vietnam Service Medal.
The majority of these men are pilots, copilots, navigators, radio operators, loadmasters, flight mechanics, flight engineers, pararescuemen, medics, firefighters, and photographers that flew on the helicopters and fixed wing aircraft assigned to air rescue units based in Vietnam or Thailand. Individuals assigned to the rescue coordination center or HQ 3rd ARRGp may also be found on these pages.
If the serviceman flew between 1964 and the Tet Offensive (Jan 1968), their names are likely to be found in an appendix published in volume one of my book "PJs in Vietnam - The Story of Air Rescue in Vietnam As Seen Through the Eyes of Pararescuemen. This book is available now. Click the blue link below if you want to purchase a copy of the book, review its table of contents or read book reviews. To Review the Book Click Here
If the men listed on this website flew after the Tet Offensive, they will be included in volume two of my book (available Memorial Day 2003).
Presently there are thousands of names listed here. To expedite page loading times, the lists have been broken down into crew position. The crew position list is further subdivided alphabetically.
Most of the names listed were extracted from official mission reports or unit histories. Some have been added using copies of military documents that prove the person meets the eligibility requirement to be listed. I have taken reasonable precautions to prevent imposters from getting themselves listed here. Undoubtedly, I am missing hundreds of names. This is never due to intentional omission but is simply a result of I do not know about them. Click here for more information about how these names were collected or what you can do to have names added to these lists.
Also linked from this page is a list of persons the Air Rescuemen rescued during the war. The men rescued are listed in a category called survivors.
Because these lists were extracted from a database constructed to track rescue missions. Some names are presently listed several times. This means that that name was listed in several mission reports. For example, if the name John Smith is listed 4 times in a row, I found four mission reports with Johns name on them. I am in the process of cleaning these lists up so that each name is listed only once.
Shakespeare, Henry V, IV, iii
The men listed here, who flew as teammates, are brothers!
Air Rescuemen Who Served
in the Vietnam War
|A - F||G - L||M - R|
|S - Z|
Flight Mechanics and Flight Engineers
|A - F||G - L||M - R|
|S - Z|
|A - I||J - R||S - Z|
Others (includes navigators, medics, firefighters, photographers, radio operators, loadmasters, maintenance, and in country staff members)
|A thru Z|
|A thru I||J thru R||S thru Z|
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