Victor RomeroChief Master Sergeant
21ST TASS, 504TH TASG, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
11 December 1947 - 09 October 1979
San Francisco, California
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The database page for Victor Romero
Victor, I love you and miss you very much ...
I had the pleasure of knowing Victor all through basic training as his roommate at Amarillo! Then to Sheppard for tech school and even the O-1 training in Florida. It was only fate that separated us once we got "in country". I was sent a different direction from most others of our class once we 'hit' Vietnam. I got sent and transferred to a C-47 plane at Tuy Hoa. We flew all over Southeast Asia and I was always looking for "Vic" after I heard of his MIA status! My wife and I finally traveled to DC in 2004 and I got to touch his name on the WALL. It will always be burnt into my heart.
He was such a peaceful guy and a real joy to have shared such scary times with. As a 'small town Indiana farm boy' I'd not met many from other backgrounds and Victor was a proud representative of his heritage and helped me widen my view of the world! I've proudly prayed for you and him for years and now that we have had two sons of our own serve in the USMC and return from Iraq I know that prayer can help!
From a fellow Airman,
Notes from The Virtual WallWhile it seems clear that Major Charles E. Blair, pilot, and SGT Victor Romero, observer, were flying a visual recon mission in an O-1 aircraft on 19 March 1968 there seems to be some confusion regarding the details of their loss.
The POW Network bios for the two men give loss coordinates of 12-20N, 108-55E, 15 nautical miles west-northwest of Nha Trang. No source is given for this location, and neither bio carries any further information. Major Blair's bio says he was in "O1G # 112108", while Sgt Romero was in "O1G #4899". According to USAF aircraft procurement records, 51-4899 and 51-12108 were L-19s, redesignated in 1962 as O-1s.
The Task Force Omega site and Hobson's Vietnam Air Losses both say they departed from Nha Trang Air Base in Khanh Hoa Province, just north of Cam Ranh Bay, flying O-1E tail number 51-4899 - but after that the two sources part company.
TFO says they departed Nha Trang at 1255 and
"The last radio transmission with Maj. Blair and Sgt. Victor Romero came at 1340 hours. During that contact there was no indication of trouble with their Bird Dog or from enemy activity. Their last known location placed them over rugged, jungle-covered mountains just east of the junction where two rivers join together before flowing east to the coastline approximately 17 miles south-southwest of Duc My, the same distance west of Nha Trang Airbase Tac An, 19 miles west of the city of Nha Trang and 28 miles northwest of Cam Ranh Bay, Khanh Hoa Province, South Vietnam.TFO gives the same coordinates as the POW Network (12-20N, 108-55E, UTM BP740590) and a map showing that location. The location given is in Khanh Hoa Province.
Hobson says they were flying
" ... over a mountainous region about 65 miles west of Nha Trang. The aircraft ... wreckage was later found on the slopes of Yook [sic] Nam Rmay, a 4,731 foot nountain near Duc Xuyen."Youk Nam Rmay Mountain (UTM coordinates AP857380) is in Tuyen Duc Province, southwest of Nha Trang.
However, the casualty data base records for both men say they were lost in Thua Thien Province, far north of Nha Trang, a fact noted by the POW Network on Romero's bio but not on Blair's.
In any case, the Secretary of the Air Force eventually approved Presumptive Findings of Death for both men, Blair on 27 November 1973 and Romero on 09 October 1979. As relations with the Vietnamese government improved, the United States made repeated requests for information regarding MIA personnel. The Vietnamese claimed no knowledge of either Blair or Romero.
On 06 April 1988, the Vietnamese government returned 8 sets of human remains. The first of the 8 remains to be identified, on 28 June 1988, were those of Charles Blair.
As of 12 December 2006, Victor Romero has not been repatriated.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 Dec 2001
Last updated 12/12/2006