The following information pertains to a serviceman who remains classified as Missing In Action.
Robert A. Cairns
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Service Number: 19339040
Date Missing: 06/17/1966
Unit: 51st Field Maintenance Squadron
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Listed On Wall/Tablet: Honolulu Memorial
Rosette In Place:
Next Steps: Staff Sergeant Cairns was a member of 51st Field Maintenance Squadron. On June 17, 1966, he was a passenger in a Lockheed Hercules Transport (C-130E) enroute from Cam Ron Bay, South Vietnam to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. About 43 miles northeast of Nha Trang the aircraft exploded and crashed into the South China Sea. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. **
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