Bouchard, Joseph Samuel, CDR

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Commander
Last Primary NEC
633X-Limited Duty Officer - Aviation Maintenance
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1973-1976, 633X, Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC)
Service Years
1944 - 1976
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Commander
Commander

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Home State
Montana
Montana
Year of Birth
1927
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Missoula, MT
Last Address
Missoula, MT

Date of Passing
Mar 12, 2003
 
Location of Interment
Saint Mary Cemetery - Missoula, Montana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal LDO/CWO


 Military Association Memberships
HAL-3 Seawolf AssociationVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Department of MontanaNational Rifle Association (NRA)
  2000, HAL-3 Seawolf Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2000, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) - Assoc. Page
  2000, American Legion, Department of Montana (Member) (Helena, Montana) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2000, National Rifle Association (NRA) [Verified]


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Obituary:
JOSEPH S. BOUCHARD
MISSOULA -- Joseph Samuel Bouchard died on March 12, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital here. Joe was born Aug. 8, 1927, to Joseph A. and Cynthia "Toots" Bouchard in Missoula and raised in Bonner. He attended Bonner Elementary School and graduated from Missoula County High School in 1944. In August 1944, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a gunner's mate on the USS LST 810 in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, Joe converted to aviation metalsmith. From March 1948 to December 1949, he was stationed at a Navy airfield near Shanghai, China. He participated in the evacuation of Americans from Manchuria and other areas in China during the Chinese Civil War. From 1950 to 1956, Joe served in various Navy transport aircraft squadrons and participated in the Korean War. In January 1952, Joe married Grace Ellen Hanson of Redstone. From 1952 to 1957, they were stationed in Pensacola, Fla., and Hutchinson, Kan. In 1957, they were transferred to Moffett Field, Calif., where Joe was promoted to ensign as an aviation maintenance officer. From 1958 to 1967, they were stationed in Brunswick, Maine; Quonset Point, R.I.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and again in Quonset Point. During these tours, Joe served as maintenance officer in Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 11 and as officer in charge of the naval aviation radiography school. In April 1967, Joe was assigned to Helicopter Attack Squadron (light) III (the Seawolves) in Vinh Long, Vietnam. He earned a battlefield promotion to lieutenant commander and was awarded the Bronze Star medal with a combat "V" for valor during the Tet offensive in February 1968. On the first night of the Tet offensive, Joe, with only two men, defended a Catholic orphanage with 130 children and eight nuns from Viet Cong attack until they could be evacuated the next day. In June 1968, Joe returned from Vietnam to duty on the Commander Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet staff in San Diego. From 1970 to 1973, he was assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron I in Atsugi, Japan, and Agana, Guam. During this tour, he was promoted to commander. His final assignment on active duty was as aircraft maintenance officer at the Pacific Missile Test Center, Naval Air Station, Point Mugu, Calif. He retired from the Navy on May 31, 1976, with 32 years active service. Joe returned to Missoula and served from 1977 to 1982 as a Missoula County Deputy Sheriff. He later worked for several years at the Hunting Shack in Missoula. Joe was a member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Veterans Warrior Society. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion and was active in veterans affairs. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gun and cartridge collector and reloader. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was a supporter of the Museum of Mountain Flying and the Fort Missoula Historical Museum. Joe is survived by his son, Joseph F. Bouchard, captain, U.S. Navy, and his wife, Rita, and daughter, Ellen (Washington, D.C.); his son, Daniel J. Bouchard, and his fiancee, Jackie, and son, Evan (Atlanta); his daughter, Cynthia Christina, and her husband, Wallace, and children, Tara and Michael (Missoula); two brothers, Charles Patrick Bouchard (Polson) and John Sandford Bouchard (West Linn, OR); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace, and his brother, Michael, a Navy pilot who was shot down and declared missing in action in 1968. A graveside service was held March 15 at St. Mary's Cemetery in Missoula. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Gifts may be made in Joe's name to the Maryknoll Fathers or the American Cancer Society. 
 

   
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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)
Start Year
1968
End Year
1968

Description
This Campaign period was from 2 April to 30 June 1968. The Naval air and gun fire support to operations such as Operation Silver Mace gave ground units the needed firepower while AirForce units were moved to air operations over Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam. From 7 to 18 April, ground, air, and naval units from each of the American services, the Vietnamese Navy, and the Vietnamese Marine Corps conducted Silver Mace II, a strike operation in the Nam Can Forest on Ca Mau Peninsula. The enemy avoided heavy contact with the allied force, but his logistical system was disrupted.

Enemy air defenses caused aviators more concern for by 1968 the Communists had developed a defensive system that was well-armed, coordinated, and supported. On the ground throughout North Vietnam, South Vietnam, and Laos, the enemy trained skyward thousands of small arms, automatic weapons, and antiaircraft artillery. North Vietnam alone contained 8,000 weapons of many calibers, concentrated around key targets. Beginning in early 1965, surface-to-air missiles (SAM) were added to this defensive arsenal, and by early 1968 over 300 SAM sites dotted the North Vietnamese countryside. The entire defensive system was tied together with a sophisticated network of communications, air alert stations, and early warning, ground control-interceptor, and fire control radars. New and replacement weapons and ammunition were amply supplied by sympathetic Communist countries. The loss in Southeast Asia of 421 fixed-wing aircraft from 1965 to 1968 attested to the strength of these defenses. The aviators killed, missing, or made prisoner totaled 450. The operating environment was especially dangerous in North Vietnam, where 382 Navy planes were shot down, 58 of them by SAMs.

Although only accounting for eight of the Navy's aircraft during this three-year period, the North Vietnamese air units posed a constant threat to U.S. operations, thus requiring a diversion of vital resources for protection. The enemy air force varied from 25 to 100 MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-19, and MiG-21 jet fighters. The country's jet-capable airfields included Gia Lam, Phuc Yen, Cat Bi, Kep, Kien An, Yen Bai, Son Tay, Bai Thuong, Hoa Lac, and Vinh. The U.S. Navy engaged in its first air-to-air encounter of the war on 3 April 1965, when several MiG-15s unsuccessfully attacked a flight of F-8 Crusaders near Thanh Hoa. On 17 June, two Midway F-4 Phantoms registered the first kills in the long conflict when they downed two MiG-17s south of Hanoi. 
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1968
To Year
1968
 
Last Updated:
Aug 25, 2014
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

Assault Craft Unit 1 (ACU-1)/LCU-1500

USS Mauna Kea (AE-22)

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  390 Also There at This Battle:
  • Abbott, William, PO3, (1965-1969)
  • Baker, John, PO3, (1966-1969)
  • Baronich, Jr., Harold, PO3, (1966-1969)
  • Beckman, Brent, PO3, (1965-1969)
  • Beden, W. Brent, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Benton, Donald, SCPO, (1965-1991)
  • Betts, Perry, PO2, (1967-1970)
  • Brooks, Lawrence, PO2, (1965-1969)
  • Carrington, Stan, SCPO, (1958-1984)
  • Catalfamo, Al, PO3, (1966-1969)
  • Cayford, Bill, PO1, (1966-1972)
  • Christenson, Harold, PO1, (1960-1968)
  • Ciokon, Joe, CMC, (1956-1986)
  • Clevenger, James, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Coffman, Wilbur, LT, (1966-1997)
  • Coleman, James, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Cox, Danny, PO3, (1967-1974)
  • Delauney, Mitchell, PO1, (1974-1988)
  • East, Thomas, PO1, (1973-1990)
  • Eberle, William, SCPO, (1965-1990)
  • Ebey, John, MCPO, (1963-1993)
  • Elam, Richard, PO3, (1964-1968)
  • Elam, Stephen, PO1, (1966-1994)
  • Ellis, Jim, PO3, (1967-1970)
  • Estrup, Hector F. Jansen, SCPO, (1964-1980)
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