The following information pertains to a serviceman who remains classified as Missing In Action.
Francis A. Walsh
Service Number: 49303910
Date Missing: 12/21/1972
Unit: 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Listed On Wall/Tablet: Honolulu Memorial
Rosette In Place: No
Recoverability Status: Remains Recovered
Next Steps: Major Walsh was a member of the 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ubon Airbase, Thailand. On December 21, 1972, he was a crewman on a Spectre Attack Aircraft Gunship II (AC-130A) on an interdiction mission along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. The aircraft was hit by hostile fire and was attempting to return to base, but the aircraft was going to crash so the order to bail out was given. His remains were recovered on February 21, 1985 and identified on July 1, 1985. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. **
Date Recovered: 2/21/1985
Date Identified: 7/1/1985
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