Russel Keith Utley

469TH TFS, 388TH TFW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
05 August 1933 - 09 May 1978
San Francisco, California
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USAF Pilot

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

The database page for Russel Keith Utley

10 Aug 2003

I did not know Russel. I adopted him as my POW/MIA in 2000. I now wear his bracelet. I wish to return this to him one day.


Deb Morrison
Middletown Ohio 45044

26 Jul 2004

I also wear this man's bracelet.

Chris Bower
Ventura, California

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On the night of 25/26 Jan 1969, Major Russel K. Utley, pilot, and 1st Lt Daniel E. Singleton, weapons systems operator, departed Korat RTAFB in F-4E tail number 67-0286 on a night interdiction mission along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Their aircraft went down while attacking a target near Ban Kate. Although no parachutes were seen and search and rescue efforts failed to gain contact with either crewman, it was possible that one or both escaped the aircraft and were captured. They were classed as Missing in Action.

Nothing further was learned of the two men, and eventually the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death for them on Tuesday, 05/09/1978. Both were promoted while MIA, Utley to Colonel.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Deb Morrison
Middletown Ohio 45044 
10 Aug 2003

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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
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