Ronald Runyan King

Lieutenant Colonel
333RD TFS, 355TH TFW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
01 November 1926 - 03 October 1967
Santa Cruz, California
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Silver Star

USAF Pilot

Air Medal, National Defense (2), Korean Service, Vietnam Service, UN Service, RoK War Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Ronald Runyan King

16 Jan 2005


He received the Silver Star.
I'd like to know more.

From a friend of his son, Robert King.
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

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Very little is known regarding the circumstances of Ronald King's loss.

Hobson's Vietnam Air Losses contains a brief entry:

"A Thunderchief crashed in the Gulf of Tonkin when it ran out of fuel returning from a mission. The pilot was killed in the accident."
Jim Baugher's compilation of USAF aircraft procurements and dispositions contains an even briefer note, "[F-105D 59-]1824 shot down 10/3/1967. Pilot KIA.", but one with perhaps less accuracy. With this exception, available records indicate it was not a hostile loss but rather an operational loss.

Even his squadron assignment is somewhat uncertain; Hobson places him with the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, a component of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing at Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, as does the 355th TFW Honor Role. On Monday, December 27, 1999, Howard Plunkett ( placed the following on

"Maj Ronald King was the pilot of an F-105D that caught fire on 3 October 1967 enroute to a target in North Vietnam. After ejecting, Maj King died from becoming entangled in his parachute when he landed in water with waves 20 feet high. He was a member of the 333 TFS from Takhli RTAB, Thailand."
The Air Force's Vietnam casualty list says he was assigned to the 333rd TFS, a different squadron within the 355th TFW.

What is beyond dispute is that then-Major Ronald King, a veteran of 22 years' service and two wars, departed Takhli RTAFB on 03 Oct 1967 in F-105D serial 59-01824, did not return, and has not been recovered. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel after his loss.

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