Ronald Kazuo Miyazaki

Airman First Class
United States Air Force
05 July 1942 - 31 January 1967
Waialua, Hawaii
Panel 14E Line 101



USAF Aircrew

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

The database page for Ronald Kazuo Miyazaki

14 Oct 2002

No greater love has man,
than he give the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow man...

I have worn A1c Miyazaka's MIA bracelet for approximately 7 years now and will wear it forever.

To his family:
Thank you.

David J Molina
Chicago, IL

27 Feb 2003

To the Miyazaki Family:

I have been proudly wearing Ronald's bracelet for approximately 20 years. I too am from Hawai'i and served in the Air Force in Vietnam and the surrounding area. My prayers and best wishes.

Lee Laquihon (Aiea, HI)
12007 So. 25th St., Bellevue, Nebraska 68123

09 Dec 2005

To the Miyazaki family:
I have proudly worn his bracelet in his honor for about six years. I am currently serving in the Air Force. May God bless you in all that you do.

Andrew Powers

12 Nov 2006

It's been almost 40 years since he's been in Heaven and I miss him more than ever. I love you, Dad, and I know my children are missing out on knowing the best grandfather ever.

From his daughter,
Paula Gaston

05 Jul 2007

Happy Birthday, Ron!

From a 21-year bracelet wearer,

Notes from The Virtual Wall

The 12th Air Commando Squadron (later renamed the 12th Special Operations Squadron) flew UC-123B PROVIDER aerial spray aircraft for "Project Ranch Hand". Although "Ranch Hand" is best known today for spraying Agent Orange defoliant, the UC-123Bs also were used for spraying against the mosquitos that carried malaria. Spray missions were flown at 130 knots and as low as possible.

On 31 January 1967, a 12th ACS UC-123B (tail number 54-0611) was assigned a defoliant mission near the town of Sepone in Savannakhet Province, Laos. The aircraft had leveled off and begun spraying when it suddenly rolled inverted and crashed. It was determined that hostile fire had struck and destroyed the propellor on one of the aircraft's two engines; the sudden imbalance in engine thrust and the aircraft's low altitude combined to render the aircraft uncontrollable before ground impact.

Five men died in the crash:

  • Major Lloyd F. Walker, pilot;
  • Capt Howard L. Barden, navigator;
  • Captain Roy R. Kubley, copilot;
  • Captain Harvey Mulhauser, navigator; and
  • flight mechanic Airman 1st Class Ronald K. Miyazaki.
Their remains have not been repatriated.

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 Oct 2002
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