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Date Posted: Thu, January 17 2013, 18:57:42
Author: Ron Boussom
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My name is Ron Boussom. I'm a writer doing background research for a book about my friend, A1C Kenneth E. Baker Jr., Weather Observer, 30WS, Det 13, Binh Thuy AFB.... killed in the weather observation cab of the control tower by a direct hit from a 75mm recoilless rifle shell during an artillery attack in the early morning hours of March 22, 1968. TSgt Billy Wayne Gentry, ATC, 1880th Comm Sq was on duty in the tower with VNAF controller Sgt Phat. After the attack, and wounded by shrapnel from the same blast, TSgt Gentry was first to respond and called down to the 632nd Fire Station next to the tower for emergency assistance. Four firefighters were sent up to the cab to retrieve Kenny, who was killed on impact.

After the firemen carried him down from the tower, medics arrived in an ambulance and took him to the dispensary, where a doctor(s) and/or medics prepared his body for shipment to Tan Son Nhut the next day. There are no existing records for the 632nd CSG Dispensary unit in any of the semi-annual periodic histories sent from Binh Thuy to Tan Son Nhut, or anywhere else for that matter. I'm hoping the actual medical staff on call that night will see this and similar postings on other websites and respond. Short of that, I'm hoping to hear from airmen in any unit at Binh Thuy during 1968 who might know the names of those men, or have medical papers from the dispensary with their names/signatures, or names/signatures of those who knew who they were. If they're still alive, I need to know what they saw and heard that night.

This book is for Kenny's family. They've been missing details of his death at Binh Thuy for the past 45 years. If there's anyone out there who can help, please contact me at the phone number or email address below ASAP. My heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude to War Stories! for providing me the opportunity to post this notice and to those compassionate vets who have responded thus far.

Ron Boussom

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