Cooley, David Leo, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 428th Tactical Fighter Squadron, US Air Force (USAF)
Service Years
1966 - 1968

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Warwick VA
Last Address
Warwick VA

Casualty Date
Apr 22, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
South China Sea
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
51E 029 / Memorials Only

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
<B>US Air Force (USAF)</b>
  1968-1968, 428th Tactical Fighter Squadron, US Air Force (USAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On April 22, 1968 at about 7:30 p.m., Navy LCdr. David L. Cooley and Air Force LtCol. Edwin D. Palmgren departed the 428th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Tahkli Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand to fly an attack mission against the Mi Le Highway Ferry over Dai Giang along Route 101. They were to pass over very heavily defended areas of Laos at rather low altitude. Although searches continued for four days, no wreckage was ever found. The loss coordinates are located near Quang Bien, in Laos, although the two men are listed as Missing in Action in North Vietnam.

As a result of the loss of the Cooley/Palmgren F111A, the Air Force suspended use of the aircraft for a limited period to investigate the cause of the losses and make any necessary modifications. After the aircraft returned to the air, the crashes resumed. When the 15th F111 went down in late 1969 because of mechanical failure, all F111's were grounded and the plane did not return to Vietnam service for several months.
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