Russell Dale Galbraith

United States Air Force
25 July 1940 - 08 August 1978
Tippecanoe, Ohio
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USAF Navigator/Bombardier

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Russell Dale Galbraith

24 Mar 2002

Just wanted to apologize for 'THEM' leaving you behind.
If 'WE' had known the truth, we would have been there to find
you and all of your buddies, and would have brought you home.
But 'WE' have peace in knowing ... In HEAVEN ... You`re not ALONE!

From one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Pam Imhoff
Mansfield, Ohio

30 Apr 2004

I am still wearing MAJ. Galbraith's MIA bracelet, and will do so until he comes home, or I pass on. He is NOT forgotten.

"America ... A Shameful Nation!
Poor is the nation who has no heros...
Shameful is the one who, having them... Forgets!"

12 Jul 2004

I thought about Russell this last Memorial Day and during all of the D-Day ceremonies. I wish we could bring him, and ALL of our fine men and women home. He is with me day and night, I am still wearing the bracelet. God Bless.

From a fellow American and bracelet wearer,
Stephen Neal Eudy
Sherwood, Ar.
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 11 December 1968 Captain Harlan Drewry, pilot, and then-Captain Russell D. Galbraith, navigator, departed Udorn RTAFB (Thailand) in an RF-4C aircraft (tail number 65-0820) to conduct a night photo reconnaissance mission along a section of Route 9G in Laos.

At 2038 hours, as the Phantom was inbound to the target area, the crew felt a thump in the rear of the aircraft. Drewry advised the airborne controller of the situation. Shortly thereafter Drewry lost control of the aircraft, issued a MAYDAY call with their position, and ejected from the stricken aircraft.

The ejection was over an area of moderately wooded hills, approximately 23 miles south-southwest of Khe Sanh, South Vietnam. Drewry was able to establish voice contact with a friendly aircraft immediately after reaching the ground and was advised that search and rescue (SAR) operations would be initiated immediately. Captain Drewry was rescued by an HH-3 helicopter from Nakhon Phanom RTAFB at first light on 12 December. After his recovery, Captain Drewry reported he did not see Captain Galbraith exit the aircraft.

No contact was made with Captain Galbraith. Although airborne visual and electronic SAR operations continued for 3 days, a photo reconnaissance aircraft photographed the area in and around the loss location, and ground teams were inserted to search a 5-mile radius of the loss coordinates no sign of Galbraith was found. On termination of the SAR effort Captain Galbraith was listed Missing in Action.

On 08 August 1978, almost 10 years after his loss, the Secretary of the Air Force approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for Liuetenant Colonel Russell Galbraith and his status was changed to Killed in Action, Body not Recovered. As of 30 Apr 2004 his remains have not been repatriated.

Additional (and partially conflicting) information is available on the
POW Network
Task Force Omega

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Pam Imhoff
Mansfield, Ohio 
24 Mar 2002

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