Sammie Don Hoff

United States Air Force
24 September 1941 - 03 March 1978
Kenedy, TX
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Sammie Don Hoff


USAF Pilot

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

The database page for Sammie Don Hoff

"To live in the hearts we leave behind,
is never to have died."
(Thomas Campbell, circa 1888)

The Mission

On August 30, 1966, Captain Kenneth D. Robinson and 1LT Sammie D. Hoff launched in an F-4C Phantom fighter/bomber on a mission over North Vietnam. While over Quang Binh Province, NVN, it was hit by enemy fire. As "backseater", Hoff ejected first. Other aircraft in the area had brief radio contact with him. It is assumed, but not known, that Robinson also safely ejected.

The Vietnamese denied any knowledge of Hoff or Robinson, and they were not released in 1973 when 591 American prisoners of war returned.

On 3 March 1978 the Secretary of the Air Force approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for Major Sammie Don Hoff, and his status was changed to Killed in Action/Body not Recovered. On 18 April 1989 the Defense Department announced that remains turned over by the Vietnamese on 15 December 1988 had been positively identified as those of Sammie Don Hoff and Kenneth D. Robinson.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his wife,
Elaine Hoff Gregory 
03 Dec 2001

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 07/08/2002