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NameBrucher, John Martin
KIA Date2/18/1969
SquadronCS 04
Home TownClatskanie
Home StateOR
High SchoolClatskanie Union HS
High School ActivitiesBaseball, basketball, Honor Society, boy scouts
Post High Schoolenlisted USAF, 4 years, A1C
Academy ExperiencesSquadron Commander, Outstanding intercollegiate track athlete award
Academic Degree MajorB.S. - USAFA
Active Duty AssignmentsPilot Training Instructor Pilot, T-37 & T-38 F-105D Pilot
KIA ConflictVietnam
Combat InformationF-105D 34 TFS, 388 TFW, Korat temporarily operating from Takhli, RTAB, Thailand
Killed In Action MissionA flight of two F-105s on an FAC-controlled strike attacked a truck POL storage site near Ban Son, just to the west of the Ban Karai Pass. Capt Brucher's aircraft had its tail blown off by AAA as it dropped its bombs on the target. The pilot ejected and was seen by his wingman to parachute into a tree. He made contact on his emergency radio and reported that he was suspended from a branch and unable to free himself. He also stated that he had a dislocated shoulder. The first rescue attempt had to be abandoned because of intense enemy ground fire and when the rescue helicopter arrived on the scene the following day, Brucher's parachute was found to be empty.
Next of KinSally (wife), John & Lee (sons) Mr & Mrs Martin Brucher (parents)
Burial Site
MIA InformationMIA, Feb 19 1969 - Jan 7 1974
Aeronautical Speciality RatingPilot
Notable Decoration AwardsPurple Heart
CommentsPromoted to Major posthumously
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