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PersonID19670595
NameChorlins, Richard David
BranchUSAF
RankCaptain
Graduation1967
KIA Date1/11/1970
SquadronCS 20
Home TownUniversity City
Home StateMO
High SchoolUniversity City HS, University City, MO
High School ActivitiesMerit Scholar, Wrestling, Boy Scouts
Post High School
Academy ExperiencesSki Club President, Sadddle Club, Wrestling, Car Representative, Squadron Executive Officer
Academic Degree MajorBS, Economics, USAFA MA, Economics, Georgetown Univ
Active Duty AssignmentsStudent, Graduate School Student Pilot Pilot, A-1E/H
KIA ConflictVietnam
Combat InformationA-IH, 602 SOS, 56 SOW. Nakhon Phanom AB, Thailand
Killed In Action MissionAs pilot of an A-1H Skyraider on a night interdiction mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos, 1st Lt Chorlins was preparing for a strike on truck traffic in Mu Gia Pass on 11 January 1970. In a turn at 7,500 feet, his aircraft was struck by 37mm antiaircraft fire, caught fire and crashed before he was able to eject. No parachute was seen and no beeper was heard.
Next of KinNancy J Chorlins, Wife Joseph I Chorlins, Father Ruth H. Chorlins, Mother
Burial SiteRemains Not Recovered
MIA InformationMIA 01/11/1970 to 01/13/1970. DED 01/13/1970
Aeronautical Speciality RatingPilot
Notable Decoration AwardsPurple Heart
CommentsPromoted to Captain Posthumously
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