Bois Claire, Ronald Alan, Sr., AD2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
ADJ-0000-Aviation Machinist Mate-Jet
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1967-1967, ADJ-0000, VAP-61 World Recorders
Service Years
1956 - 1967
AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate
Two Hash Marks

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Tucson, Arizona

Casualty Date
Aug 25, 1967
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
East Lawn Palms Mortuary & Cemetery - Tucson, Arizona
Wall/Plot Coordinates
25E 041

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VAP-62 TigersVAP-61 World Recorders
  1967-1967, ADJ-0000, VAP-62 Tigers
  1967-1967, ADJ-0000, VAP-61 World Recorders
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 22, 2012, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Commander Edward J. JacobsLTJG James J. Zavocky, and ADJ2 Ronald A. BoisClaire were conducting airborne photo reconnaissance off the coast of North Vietnam in an RA-3B aircraft. Radio and radar contact with the aircraft was lost, and SAR efforts failed to uncover any trace of the aircraft or its crew.


All three men were declared "Missing in Action." Eventually, that was changed to "Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered." The fact of the matter is that no one knows what became of these three men.

The three men were flying in RA-3B BuNo 144835 assigned to Heavy Photographic Squadron 61 (VAP-61) and probably launched from Danang Air Base in South Vietnam. They were conducting a night photo recon mission with infrared cameras in North Vietnam. The aircraft simply disappeared - no signs of wreckage or the crew were ever found.


Heavy Photographic Squadron 62 (VAP-62) was based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, as part of the Atlantic Fleet. VAP-62 never deployed as a full squadron to Vietnam during the war, but did provide aircraft and aircrew augmentation to the Pacific Fleet's VAP-61.

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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