145th CAB

Lynn Ragle Huddleston

Army Of The United States
21 December 1941 - 24 January 1974
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Lynn R Huddleston

Army Aviator

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

The database page for Lynn Ragle Huddleston

Lynn was born on December 21, 1941 in La Mesa, Texas. However, he called Ralls, Texas, his home.

Lynn was a First Lieutenant (O-2) in the United States Army with the 74th Aviation Company "Aloft", a recon aircraft company from the 145th Aviation Battalion.

On September 26, 1967 Lynn was piloting an O-1D aircraft on a visual reconnaissance mission north of Minh Thanh, Binh Long Province, 4 miles from the Cambodian border. He carried one passenger: SSG Stephen J. Geist from Detachment A-332, 5th Special Forces Group was aboard as an observer.

The plane took off at 0910 hours. At 0930 hours a radio call from Lynn was received by Detachment A-332. No coordinates were given. Another call was monitored by Hon Quan Radar at 1030 hours. This time Lynn gave their position as the vicinity of grid coordinates XT633739, or a few miles from the Cambodian border just north of Minh Thanh. This was the last radio communication with the men on board the O-1D. The plane never reached its destination. Search and rescue was initiated at 1310 hours but was terminated 3 days later without any sightings of either the aircraft or its crew. There has been no word of the two since.

There have been 2 additions to Lynn's file. On such addition mentions remains recovered from Cambodia in 1988. These remains belonged to neither Lynn nor SSG Geist. Another addition mentions a villager having seen an O-1D going down in that area on that day. When the villagers arrived at the crash site, one man was dead and the one with a gun was executed. This shows that the search for these 2 brave men may be expanded into Cambodia.

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With all respect - K. J. Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)